Please understand that Police need to inform the families of the deceased before the info is released to the public so this is the   list so far. Some names may not be released for some time yet. I have been asked many times how many people have actually been identified - I have no idea, that is information only the Police hold and as it's such a sensitive matter it's really only between the families and police for discussion. At this point we have to assume that the people still technically "missing" from the fire, most of whom are on the list below, have died. After 4 years of working with missing persons I know that can be just not good enough, to have to assume they are gone instead of actually knowing with concrete proof. I wish the circumstances were different. 

* A HUGE thanks to Wendy for doing so much work to assist me compile this list, her help has been vital.

 Most names may be clicked on for links to further information about them.

It is my goal to link every name to the story behind their brave fight - they are not just names, they are complete lives.

    Photo Tribute Wall now being compiled for the victims, please click here

*Asterisk next to their name indicates I have a photo of them on the wall. If you have a photo for someone I've missed feel free to e mail it -          

As the list is now getting quite long, all new additions to the list will have entries in ORANGE for a few days so if you check the list regularly, you can more easily spot new names.

Please know that whenever I update this page, the tears roll down my face.


*Charmian (Charm) Ahern # (58) Steels Creek. The Aherns were great lovers of the environment, and appreciative of the risk of living in the bush.

Charmian Ahern had a PhD in botany and worked daily at Biralee Primary School as an aide to special needs children.

*Leigh Ahern # (57) Steels Creek. Leigh had worked as an environmental scientist all his life, most recently as a consulting scientist specialising in biodiversity.

AHERN. - Charmian. Tragically left us on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 defending her home in Steels Creek. Beloved daughter of Rose and Vivian. Sister...

*Kate Ansett # (43) Toolangi State Forest, partner of Steve Fisher. On Monday a friend found them dead in their Toolangi State Forest home.

ANSETT. - Kate. On Sat. Feb. 7, Kate and Steve died at their home on the hill in Toolangi State Forest, the place they loved. They would not have wanted to be anywhere else. The joy and happiness they found there brings us comfort.  - The Hartnells, Ansetts and Fishers.

*Peter Avola #, (67) Strathewen.  Was killed by a fireball as he and wife Mary tried to escape their burning home. Mary survived.

AVOLA. - Peter. 28.06.1941 - 07.02.2009 Tragically at Strathewen Loved and loving husband of Mary and much loved Dad to Andrew and Susan. Father-in- law to Allison and Ray. Beloved Pa to Braydon, Gracie, Taylor and Corey. Our Hero Forever and always in our hearts Peter, love of my heart, my hero, my best friend and companion. No words are needed to say how I feel, you already know. I will carry you in my heart until we are once again together. Together we were, together we are, together we will always be. You always put me first as you did on that terrible day. Your family meant everything to you. - Mary A wonderful father and Pa taken from us too soon. Dad, you were more than just a father to me, you were my mate, my buddy, my pal. We couldn't have asked for a more kind, generous or loving Dad, father-in-law and Pa. Sitting at the G, watching the Tigers without you will never be the same. The best of the best, it's now your time to rest. Gone but never forgotten Love always - Andrew, Ally, Braydon and Corey. My Daddy, you were and are my world. So many memories to cherish. Our special chats, the times we spent together. Will love you always and forever. Your first princess - Suzi. Pete, you were a diamond, a real pleasure to be around. Always laughing and joking. I will miss you dearly and will look after Taylor and your little princess - Ray. Pa, you were the most wonderful and generous man to me and everyone else. It won't be as much fun watching Richmond win without you. I will miss you coming to watch me play football and cricket. Love you Pa, rest in peace. Love - Braydon. Rest in peace, Pa. Pa is my world and without him, I feel like a part of me is missing. I love my Pa and always will - "His little Princess" Gracie. Rest in peace, Pa. I love my Pa and I am going to really miss you and the chats we had together - Taylor. Pa, I am going to wish upon a star for you. I love you. Casa D'Abruzzo Pa Love - Corey.
Published in the Herald Sun on 16/3/2009

*David Balfour #  (47) from Gilmore, ACT. Firefighter killed by a falling tree branch after the fire.

Kevin Bardwell, Marysville. Kevin lived in Alison Cres. Marysville with his wife Shirley. (Kevin's death reported to us by David Barton)

*Jenny Barnett A long-time, tireless campaigner for Victoria's forests and national parks, Jenny Barnett fell victim to the bush she loved.
*John Barnett died at Steels Creek with his wife, Jenny Barnett. Their car was incinerated. Both were devoted to animal welfare and wildlife.

BARNETT. - Jenny and John. Jenny Barnett has perished with her partner John. A magnificent Australian whose lifes work and devotion to nature will continue to benefit us all. - Bob Brown.

Gary Bartlett #, St Andrews.  Gary was killed with his wife and youngest daughter in their St Andrews home. 12 yr old Maddison survived.

Jacinta Bartlett, # St Andrews.  Jacinta died with her husband and daughter when a firestorm hit her St Andrews home.

Erryn Bartlett # (5) St Andrews.  Youngest daughter of Gary and Jacinta, she died when a firestorm hit her St Andrews home.

BARTLETT. - Garry John Jacinta Louise Erryn Ella Valerie (nee Brown) Taken tragically on Sat. Feb. 7, 2009 Dearly loved and loving Dad, Mum, and little sister of Maddison Elizabeth Lorna. Son-in-law, daughter and granddaughter of Val and Vern. Sister, brother-in-law and niece of Adrian and Deanne. Sister-in-law, brother-in-law and niece of Neil and Penny. Loving Uncle, Aunty and little cousin of Drew and Quinn. Loved and remembered forever BARTLETT. - Garry, Jacinta and Erryn Tragically lost to their family on Feb. 7, 2009 Loved brother, sister, sister-in- law, niece and cousin of Ian (Barts), Lynette and Howard. Meaghan and Matthew. We will love you always our memories will never fade

*Jamie Bowker, Marysville, fiance of Nicole Jefferson, father to their unborn baby who was due.

*Adrian Brown, Kinglake

*Mirrabelle Brown, Kinglake

*Eric Brown (8) Kinglake

*Matthew Brown (7), Kinglake

*Brielle Brown (3) Kinglake The Brown family died when fire roared through their Bald Spur Rd home

BROWN. - Adrian 6.8.1975 Mirrabelle 9.5.1978 Eric 23.4.2000 Matthew 10.10.2001 Brielle 30.5.2005 Family of 5 tragically lost in the Kinglake fires on Feb. 7

*Angela Brunton #, (48) St Andrews, Reg Evans' partner. Artist Angela Brunton is believed to have died with  Reg, trying to save their small farm

*Mackenzie "Macka" Buchanan, (15) Kinglake. Died sheltering in his grandmother, Jenny Clark's home, with his sister and two friends. Mrs Clark suffered burns to 30 per cent of her body trying to save the children.  

*Neeve Buchanan (9) Kinglake. Died huddling in her grandmother's home with her brother MacKenzie and the Chambers girls.

*Jenni Bundy (56) St Andrews. Remains believed to be Jenni's were found in her burned out car on a property rented by her.  Jenni has a wide variety of friends from her involvement in the Green Wedge environmental group, Shelley collectors and her Ringwood High School reunion group.  She was a great collector of Shelley English China and it is believed there was a box of crockery beside her in the car. Jenni's friends believe that it may be quite some time before a funeral can be planned but they intend to hold get togethers in both Sydney & Melbourne to remember Jenni -Viv.

See also -

*Melissa Bunning - Marysville. Melissa was unable to escape the fire at Marysville. She is sadly missed by her daughter Andrea, parents, uncle and aunt and other family and friends. Melissa has a Facebook tribute group set up in her honour -

Melissa's funeral to be held at the Marysville Golf Club, May 29th, from 12 noon. The wake will be held afterwards at the Black Spur Hotel.

Mark Butler - Kinglake. Senior nurse Mark did not make it out of his home in time. There was a body found in his house where he was last heard from. The family are still waiting for a DNA test to confirm his identity. Mark will be very sadly missed by friends and family.

*Raye Carter # (68) St Andrews.  Returned to her property to protect her goats after helping to co-ordinate CFA troops from its St Andrews base but was found dead in a shed on her property.

CARTER (nee Lane). - Raye Wynette 13. 05. 1940 - 07. 02. 2009 Beloved wife of Alan, mother of Mark and Robyn, mother-in-law of Kristin and Rags. Tragically taken too soon, trying to save your cherished goats. You will be so sadly missed, a huge hole in our hearts. Dearest Raye, Nan and GG, thanks for all you taught us, we will miss you dearly and remember you always. With love - Your grandchildren Jacqueline, Liam, Aaron and Ashley, your great grandchildren Blake and Kyla and special friends Cameron, Chris, Tarita and Richard. Raye, sister and aunty, inspirational, intelligent and a beautiful person, you will be greatly missed. - Edward, Patricia, Matthew, Guy, Laurence, Lorena and Catherine.

*Penny (Pen) Chambers (21) Kinglake. Penny and her sister Melanie died trying to save their horses at their mother's property. Recently returned from travelling overseas and was working at the local supermarket.

*Melanie (Mel) Chambers (22) Kinglake.  Melanie died with her sister Penny on their mother's property trying to save their horses. Both girls died inside the home of their neighbour Jenny Clark where they had run to for safety. A surfing fanatic, Mel had only recently moved back to Kinglake and was working as an assistant at the local vet clinic.

*Nathan “Charlsey” Charles #, Koornalla. Luke Jacobs and Nathan Charles were popular, fun-loving country boys who lived for their mates, BMX bikes and cars. They died alongside Luke's parents, Alan and Miros, when the Gippsland firestorm ripped through the Jacobs' home at Koornalla, near Callignee. Nathan, of Morwell, had gone to Callignee to help his friend defend the family home. Rescuers were devastated to find the four in the shed outside the house on Sunday. Nathan was known to residents of the Latrobe Valley as a talented BMX rider.

CHARLES. - Nathan John. Tragically taken as a result of fires on Sat. Feb. 7, 2009. Aged 21 years Best mate and cherished son of Rob and Rhonda. Admired big brother to Sherrie, Ashlee and Rohan and Meagan. Proud uncle of Tanisha. A much loved son and brother who we are proud of, who was a hero to all. You will never be forgotten Always in our hearts "Keep it sideways on gate and nail those back-flips, mate." - Dad and Rhonda xoxo. To our beautiful son who could lighten up the room with his gorgeous smile. You had a heart of gold and were always there for everyone. Nath, you lived to ride your bike every chance you got, finally nailing that back-flip, we were so proud of you. We will always remember you for how you have touched our lives in so many ways. Words cannot describe our heartache. This is not goodbye, just "See ya later". Miss you so very much Love - Dad and Rhonda.

*Danny Clark (37), Kinglake. Uncle of Buchanan children. Was huddling in his mother's home with his niece and nephew and Penny and Melanie Chambers when the house burnt down killing the entire group.

*Rocelyn "Roz" Clifton (Freeman) #  - Broadmeadows. Roz, a recruiting coordinator, was a beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister. Also an Army reservist Roz was killed after the car she was in ran off the road trying to divert from the thick smoke of fires burning near Kilmore. When fire threatened a friend's home on Black Saturday, the Defence Force recruiter volunteered to help. But smoke, not flames, contributed to Mrs. Clifton's death on February 7. The "generous and giving" Broadmeadows mother, her husband of almost 20 years and young daughters Michaela and Brittney were on their way to Kilmore when they were diverted from the highway to a dirt track because of the thick smoke. Their car ran off the road into trees at Tooborac about 10pm, killing Mrs Clifton. She was loved wife of Terry; adored and loved Mum to Michaela and Brittney; loved daughter and daughter-in-law of Keith and Verna, Ruby and Joseph; and loved sister of Gilbert and Barbara (dec.).

Saturday, 21 February 2009
Hey Darl the girls and i are going to miss you ever so much. I love you and always will and i promise to look after the girls.


*Rob Davey # Kinglake and wife and children:

*Natasha (Tash) Davey # Kinglake and husband and two daughters:

*Alexia Davey #, (8 months), Kinglake

*Jorja Davey #,  (3) years, who all died in the Kinglake fires along with Alaskan Malamutes  Mischka and Neo

Davey, Robert and Tash, Jorja and Lexie
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DAVEY. - Family on Feb. 7, 2009 Robert, Tash, Jorja and Lexie Our dearly loved family Gone together to another place. Where we trust the mornings will be cool, to run the snow dogs. The days sunny, for Tash and the girls to play outside in pink dresses, with bubbles, stories of fairies and princesses and lots of snacks. Rob, hope you have found a great chef with a wine list that meets your approval. Our days are long without you 'Til we meet again We leave you in God's Care - Mum and Dad Davey Shane, Darren and Mal.
Published in the Herald Sun from 31/3/2009 - 1/4/2009

*Glenis Delmenico #, (51) Marysville. Glenis was an SES worker from Sunbury who was camping with her good friend Les Webb and became trapped. Ms Delmenico, a V/Line conductor since 2006, was on a weekend camping trip with Les when tragedy struck. Glenis leaves behind her 18 year old daughter Amber.

*Gavin Dunn # - (39) Flowerdale. People tried to get Gavin to leave before the fire but he refused to leave his home where he felt safe.

DUNN. - Gavin Russell. 2.4.1969 - 7.2.2009 Lost in the bushfire at Flowerdale Darling oldest son of June and Russell (dec.). Beloved brother of Mark and Travis, brother-in- law of Lisa and Nicky and uncle of Nathan and Sarah. Words can't describe the enormous loss and sadness we feel. You are reunited with your father now so until we meet again, R.I.P. my darling son. - Mummy.

Max Emmins # - Strathewen - Max, who worked for Genazzano College, made sure his wife Lisa and their two children were moved to safety then he stayed to try and defend their Strathewen home. Tragically his family have not heard from him since the fire. Max was trying to help the Paulkas save their home, and tragically the Paulkas did not survive.

*Arthur Enver, Mt Beauty. Firefighters believe Mr Envers crashed his Harley Davidson ,and tried to run from a fire approaching over the Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, but fell over trying to escape.

ENVER. - Arthur. `Tragically Taken' Dear friend and work colleague of Errol David and Brian Lavric. We'll miss speaking of your adventures together. Will be sadly missed Rest in Peace, Mate

*Reg Evans #, 80, St Andrews.  A popular actor who had roles in Mad Max and Blue Heelers, died protecting his property.

Sue Evans #, Strathewen, missing feared dead. Partner to Bob O'Sullivan, mum to Jon LeGassic.

EVANS. - Sue. My beautiful darling daughter, and loving Mum of Jon and Aidan, so cruelly taken together with Bob, Jon, Haydn and Kaya in Strathewen. You were my Angel, my rock, you were so generous and caring with all your family, friends and animals. You worked so hard and you were loved so much by anyone who came into contact with you. You were the life of any party, compassionate and gorgeous. I will miss you forever. Love - Mum. Loving sister and fellow Queen fan. You were my soul mate and I feel empty without you. I will miss your radiant smile and personality and the endless cuppas. Keep partying with the Angels `til I see you again. Forever in our thoughts - Cal, Kyle, Erin and Conor. To my gorgeous, glamorous sister. We fondly remember the stray animals you were often bringing home such a warm hearted and caring person. With all our love - Paul, Antoinette, Dom and Camilla.

*Steve Fisher # (44) Toolangi State Forest, partner of Kate Ansett. On Monday a friend found them dead in their Toolangi State Forest home.

 On Sat. Feb. 7, Kate and Steve died at their home on the hill in Toolangi State Forest, the place they loved. They would not have wanted to be anywhere else. The joy and happiness they found there brings us comfort.  - The Hartnells, Ansetts and Fishers.

Elizabeth "Liz" Fiske # - Marysville Missing with son Dalton. Marysville local Steve Guilfoyle described the pair as beautiful people

Dalton Fiske # - Marysville. Dalton Fiske loved to play golf, ride his bike and was a huge fan of cricket. The Alexandra Secondary College student thought comedian Carl Baron was hilarious, and was overjoyed at being given a table tennis table after Christmas. But he and his mother Lizzie are missing after the firestorm swept through Marysville.

FISKE (Chamberlain). - Elizabeth (Liz) July 13, 1964 - Feb. 7, 2009 FISKE. - Dalton Liam. Dec. 19, 1993 - Feb. 7, 2009 Taken by the bushfires in Marysville on Feb. 7, 2009 Loved and loving wife of Glen. Devoted mother of Kellan, Bronte and Dalton (dec.). Anything I try to say will just sell you short All my love always - Glen "Free as a bird now" A wonderful little man gone too soon. Forever with Mum. Beautiful son of Liz and Glen, brother of Kellan and Bronte. Loved daughter and grandson of Shirley and Bill (dec.) and loving sister and nephew of Anne (dec.), John, Maria, Catherine, Paul, Helen and Stephen. Sister-in-law of Brien, Gayle, Kelvin, David, Jacinta, Andy, Kerry, Kingsley and Marlene, Shirley and Barry, Norman and Rosemary.

FISKE (Chamberlain). - Elizabeth (Liz) July 13, 1964 - Feb. 7, 2009 FISKE. - Dalton Liam. Dec. 19, 1993 - Feb. 7, 2009 Taken by the bushfires in Marysville on Feb. 7, 2009 Loved and loving wife of Glen. Devoted mother of Kellan, Bronte and Dalton (dec.). Anything I try to say will just sell you short All my love always - Glen "Free as a bird now" A wonderful little man gone too soon. Forever with Mum. Beautiful son of Liz and Glen, brother of Kellan and Bronte. Loved daughter and grandson of Shirley and Bill (dec.) and loving sister and nephew of Anne (dec.), John, Maria, Catherine, Paul, Helen and Stephen. Sister-in-law of Brien, Gayle, Kelvin, David, Jacinta, Andy, Kerry, Kingsley and Marlene, Shirley and Barry, Norman and Rosemary.

*Michael Flynn # - (64) Kinglake. Michael died in hospital on February 19th as a result of burns sustained in the fire. After the front passed Mike was found by neighbours lying on the footpath, literally smouldering. They dragged him into one of the few remaining houses and held him in a pool with only his head above water for the next 10 hours until help arrived. Sadly, Mike was too badly injured.

FLYNN. - Michael Patrick. Passed away Feb. 19, 2009 Tragically as a result of Black Saturday, aged 64 years. Loving husband of Jane, respected father of Mark and Malinda and father-in-law of Kerri and Chris. Much loved Grandpa of Tyler, Riley and Bubs. Forever our hero

Alfred (Fred) Frendo # - (58) Callignee

FRENDO. - Alfred (Fred). Passed away as a result of the bushfires at Callignee on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 aged 58 years. Loving son of Michael and Emilia (both dec.). Loved and loving husband of Elaine for 35 years. Much loved father of Mark and Scott (dec.). Adored Nano to Lachlan. Much loved son-in-law of Ken and Margaret. Together with Scott in God's Arms

Scott (Scotty) Frendo # - (27) Callignee. Scott Frendo had driven up to Callignee from Traralgon to help his father, Alfred, protect the family home on Lyndons Road. At some point, they decided they couldn't stay. Alfred Frendo's body was later pulled out of the wreckage of his car, which collided with another on Old Callignee Road.

FRENDO. - Scott Michael (Scotty) Passed away as a result of the bushfires at Callignee on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 aged 27 years. Loved and loving son of Alfred (dec.) and Elaine. Much loved and adored Dad to Lachlan. Adored brother to Mark. Much loved grandson to Ken and Margaret. Together with his Dad in God's Arms

Colin Gibson # - Churchill.

David Gibson # - Churchill. Former CFA volunteer David lost his life trapped in a house that belonged to his mother and father in Churchill.

Eileen Gillespie - (58) Pheasant Creek/Kinglake. Eileen was unable to escape her Pine Ridge Rd home in Kinglake. “Eileen was a beautiful artist, she loved nature and knew every leaf, every possum and every bug in the national park behind her house,” her sister-in-law Gloria Gillespie said.

*James Gormley  - (40) Marysville. James, from Richmond, was visiting Marysville. His body was found near a burnt out car with his girlfriend Julie W.M. They had recently begun dating and were on their first romantic weekend away. James was a passionate environmentalist who loved travelling and had backpacked through Europe and South America.

*Geoff Grady # (36) - Marysville. Geoff and his partner Patrick Jennings managed the Fruit Salad Farm. They got Patrick's parents out safely. The vehicle they planned to escape in was found burnt out and tragically on February 15th two bodies were found at the Farm.

Richard Hall (53) - Perished in fire at Flowerdale.

HALL. - Richard John. 1956 - 2009 Perished at Flowerdale in the indiscriminate bushfires of Feb. 7. Son of Bill and Shirley Hall of WyYung, brother to Alison, Marian, Andrew and Robert. Long standing friend to Andrew and Stuart Barling and families. Much admired and respected for your kindness and creativity. Your insightful advice and sense of humour will be missed by many.
Published in the Herald Sun on 23/3/2009

*Robert (Bob) Harrop # (83) Flowerdale. Tried to save his home but was overcome by smoke and burns and died at the Flowewrdale pub. With Mrs Harrop in hospital recovering from an aneurism, Mr Harrop gave his life battling a fierce bushfire to save their Flowerdale home so she would have memories to come home to.

HARROP.- Robert (Bob). 10.6.1925 - 7.2.2009 Tragically taken defending our home in Flowerdale Beloved and loving husband of Betty (Elizabeth). There are no words HARROP.- Robert. Thank you Bob for 23 years of love and support, and the incredible love and devotion you gave our Mother. - Suzanne, Ian, Wayne and families.

Karma Hastwell - Kinglake. It is believed Karma's neighbours the Zann family tried to get her to safety but all perished together in the fire. Karma was a great bird lover, great nature lover & a great character around Kinglake. "She was a real bush-lover. She used to hand-feed even the snakes"

*Don Hatton # - Strathewen. The B&B is still standing but all else is gone. The Hattons were passionate conservationists, click Don's name.

*Leonie Hatton # - Strathewen from the Laanecoorie B&B. This is the B&B's website - . Please also see this wonderful tribute page to the Hattons -

*Carol Holcombe #  Kinglake. Carol was a teacher at the Whittlesea secondary college for 17 years.

HOLCOMBE. - Carol and David On Sat. Feb. 7, 2009 Carol and David sadly passed away at their home in Kinglake. Carol, you were an amazing, kind, dedicated and caring teacher and friend. I will always remember our chats over lunches and coffees with a smile. My thoughts are Ella, Patrick and Eugene. Love - Cara.

*David Holcombe # Kinglake. One of the most beautiful homes on Bald Spur Road, No. 50, belonged to Carol and David. They died in the fire, and their gorgeous garden with thousands of daffodils was completely razed.

*Melanee Hermocilla (23) Died alongside her boyfriend Greg Lloyd, 22 and her brother Jaeson Hermocilla, 21, while house-sitting in Yarra Glen

*Jaeson Hermocilla (21) Yarra Glen. The three were able to use Greg's phone to make a last call to his family, and were making their farewells when the fire swept over them.

HERMOCILLA. - Jaeson and Melanee Dear Jaeson and Melanee, Revelations 21:4. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

*Suzanne Hyde #,  Kinglake The Hydes are believed to have perished while defending their Cobham Rd property. Suzanne's legacy will be her beloved Bollygum Park.

Geoff Hyde #  (55) Kinglake - Died trying to protect their home. Geoff and Suzanne Hyde have been remembered as great community volunteers.

HYDE. - Geoffrey Noel. Tragically taken from us on February 7, 2009 at Kinglake. Aged 55 years. Loving son of Noel and June (dec.). Adored brother and brother-in-law of Russell, Marion and Gary. Uncle of Cody and nephew of June. Forever In Our Hearts

*Jesse Inzitari #  (11) - Kinglake West. Died when he became separated from his family as they fled the fire on foot.

*Aldo Jr, known to the family as 'AJ' Inzitari # (5) - Kinglake West. The children & Mum Daniela Marulli became separated from Dad Aldo and older brother Jonathon and perished.

MARULLI-INZITARI. - Daniela. Passed away tragically aged 41 years on Black Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Kinglake West. Loving wife of Aldo, adored mother of Jonathon, Jesse (dec.) and Aldo Junior (dec.). The beautiful memories of you will be in our hearts forever. We will love you always - Aldo and Jonathon. Rest in Peace INZITARI. - Jesse. Passed away tragically aged 11 years on Black Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Kinglake West. Loving son of Aldo and Daniela (dec.). Brother of Jonathon and Aldo Junior (dec.). A beautiful smile, A beautiful face, A beautiful son and brother we cannot replace We will love you always Our Little Angel - Love Dad and Jonathon. xxxx Rest in Peace INZITARI. - Aldo Junior (AJ). Passed away tragically aged 5 years on Black Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Kinglake West. Loving son of Aldo and Daniela (dec.). Brother of Jonathon and Jesse (dec.). A beautiful smile A beautiful face A beautiful son and brother we cannot replace We will love you always our Little Angel. Love - Dad and Jonathon. xxxx Rest in Peace

*Luke Jacobs # (21) Koornalla, near Callignee. LUKE Jacobs and Nathan Charles were popular, fun-loving country boys who lived for their mates, BMX bikes and cars. They died alongside Luke's parents, Alan and Miros, when the Gippsland firestorm ripped through the Jacobs' home at Koornalla, near Callignee. Nathan, of Morwell, had gone to Callignee to help his friend defend the family home. Rescuers were devastated to find the four in the shed outside the house on Sunday. Luke, 21, worked as a storeman at a steel factory. Friends remembered him as a great bloke, a fun guy who loved to share a drink with his mates. "He was a lot of fun. He loved his cars, he loved having a drink with us," a friend said.

Luke was a proud member of the Valley Drifters car club, and photos on his MySpace page reveal his love for cars and motor racing.

*Alan Jacobs # (51) Koornalla, near Callignee

*Miros Jacobs #, (50) Koornalla, near Callignee

JACOBS. - Alan, Miros and Luke Alan Mathew Jacobs, aged 51, Miros Carmen Jacobs, aged 50, and Luke Alan Jacobs, aged 21. Tragically taken.

*George Jackson #, Strathewen/St Andrews. Family described Mr Jackson as a "bit of larrikin" and said he would have stayed to defend his farm to the end. Mr Jackson lived alone on his farm.

JACKSON. - George Russell. 21.12.1934 - 07.02.2009

Lynne James Steel's Creek. Over and over people have told me what a great animal lover Lyn was who would have refused to leave them, especially her horses. Described as a really lovely lady who will be sorely missed.

JAMES. - Lynne Maree. Lost her life in the tragic bushfires at Steels Creek on Feb. 7, 2009 Loved daughter of the late Merle and Frank, sister of Glenis and Alan. You chose to live your life apart from your family, but we never stopped caring and we grieve for the lost years we should have shared together. We pray you found peace and happiness in the place you loved. - Your family in Melbourne and Canberra. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

*Nicole Jefferson, Marysville, fiancee of Jamie Bowker and due to give birth to her first child. Nicole was found collapsed on the Oval.

*Patrick Jennings # (50) Marysville. Patrick and his partner Geoff Grady managed the Fruit Salad Farm. They got Patrick's parents out safely. The vehicle they planned to escape in was found burnt out and tragically on February 15th two bodies were found at the Farm.

*Barry Johnston # (58) Kinglake/Humevale The primary school teacher went missing on Saturday trying to save his property. Teacher Barry Johnston is missing after the fires. Building his own house at Kinglake was the primary school teacher’s ultimate dream. Barry, 58, retired in 2004, but continued to work as a casual relief teacher at schools in the area. An active member of the Australian Education Union, Barry was also an accredited United Nations Observer in the 1999 East timor Independence vote. “He was one of the world’s gentle people,” AEU president Mary Bluett says, adding that his dream house was built with environmental principles to the forefront. She says Berry loved nature and living among it.

JOHNSTON Barry A humble "librarian" and a princess - a love story that will forever whisper through the forest. Sleep softly my love, until  ...

*Gareth Jones-Roberts
#, 48, Yarra Glen. A desperate dash to get fuel in the minutes before the fire hit Yarra Glen cost Gareth Jones-Roberts his life. The dedicated family man, 48, was trying to protect his parents' property as the fire approached.

*Kevin "Mick" Kane #, 48, Long Gully, Bendigo.  Mr Kane's sister Jill and her boyfriend Michael Ryan tried desperately to save Mr Kane but couldn't get through a wall of flames to reach him.

*Steve Lackas, 37, Wandong. The speedboat champion died trying to save his boat after his property was engulfed in flames. Lackas, a veteran of the V8 Superboat Championships, had his engine running to tow the boat but ran back into his house at the last minute to get some more belongings.

Gennaro Laudisio Kinglake. Mr Laudisio's children Isabella and Ross tried to get their father to safety but the fire was too fast. Ross Laudisio, 58, was travelling in convoy with his father in one car and wife and children in another, when the fire hit. He lost sight of both cars in the darkness and was forced off the road into a paddock to avoid the flames. When he managed to venture onto the road he found his father's charred car in the midst of a four-car crash. His body was later found on the back seat.

*Lesley Leahy (39) & her children Kiona (4), Jye (3) and Ava (2), Kinglake West - Lesley, the children and their father David Gibson  were at their Kinglake West home monitoring the fires and believed they were 100kms away. When Kinglake West was finally mentioned they looked outside to see the fire already on top of them. They sheltered in the house until it caught fire then made a run for their dam, each carrying children. However Lesley was too weak to run and stopped, holding Kiona. David continued on carrying Ava and threw her over the fence into the dam. He went back to find Lesley and Kiona had died and he could not find Jye in the intense heat and smoke but was certain he too had perished. David and Ava lay in the dam for an hour and a half but he knew he had to get help so he carried the badly burned Ava all the way to the relief centre. Due to David's own severe burns he was in a coma for four weeks and when he woke he learned little Ava had died a couple of days after arriving in hospital. His courage and bravery in trying to save his family is awe inspiring.  

The funerals will be held at 11am on Saturday, May 9 in Parkes, NSW

Annette Leatham

LEATHAM. - Annette Elizabeth Of Kalimna West. Taken tragically on Feb. 7, 2009. Loved wife of Rodney and Mum of Jenny and Paul. Mother-in- law of Glen and Sarah and Nan to Paige, Brennan, Charlotte and Eli. Daughter of Eric and Elsie. Forever in our hearts Please see later edition of this paper for funeral details. SILVER LINING FUNERALS EAST GIPPSLAND Ph. 5152-4596

*Jon Le Gassick, (18) Strathewen. Bob O'Sullivan, Jon's Mum Sue Evans and Jon's mates Haydn McMahon and Kaya Mehmedoff all died trying to save the couple's Strathewen property.

LE GASSICK. - Jon Ryan. Tragically, Feb. 7, 2009 Aged 18 years Jon - you will always be loved and forever deep in our hearts and our souls, your laugh and your beautiful smile and your engaging shyness is the legacy you gave to me, Gaye, Gemma, Aidan and Damien so that our family will forever stay complete. You always said you felt so loved in our home and it is that love for you that keeps us strong, it will be eternal, mate! "Our Beautiful Boy" We love you Jonno! - Dad and Gaye. Jon - even though you are all grown up, I still can't help but think of you as my baby brother. Watching you grow from a boy to a man (and keeping your head of curls), you were such a genuine soul. I will forever miss your voice, that smile, that face, you were one of a kind. I cherish the memories I have and hold them close to my heart, you and me the youngest and the oldest, eternally in my heart. Love - Gemma. Jon - you'll always fill my heart with love that we shared and grew together. Your beautiful smile with that cheeky grin showed the love you expressed to life, which will forever be remembered. I could not see how my life would have been without the skateboard and the Nintendo that we tried to out-do each other with "which you were always better than me at." I thank you for your love, for the smile and more importantly for being nothing other than yourself. "Head" I will forever love you - Aidan. Jon - my cricket mate, friend and brother. Growing up with you and experiencing the laughs and fun of both our childhoods is something I will never forget. I will always remember your joy, energy and cheeky sense of humour. You're everything you could wish for in a younger brother and could be seen by others and myself as an adored son, a loving brother and enjoyable and entertaining friend to be around. - Damien xoxo

*Greg Leonard # Steels Creek. A friend said "He had a very Aussie hat that he always wore. (He was a] very intelligent man," Ms Taylor said. "He didn't have a formal education but he was very observant and could put things together, and I just really respected both of them."

*Gail Leonard # Steels Creek. Gail and Greg Leonard died when fire swept into the Yarra Glen/Steeles Creek area without warning. Betty Taylor says the Leonards were hard workers who were finally scaling back the number of days they spent in the office so they could dedicate more time to their cattle and vineyard. "And she always had a smile on her face." Ms Taylor says that despite their busy work lives and nine grandchildren, the Leonards were also highly involved in the Steeles Creek Community Centre.

*Dean Lesmana (mid-20s) Marysville. Dean was just passing through the town & it's thought he and friend Rudi Rudi became trapped.

Laurel Lewis #, 81, Marysville.  Tragically Laurel was found deceased in her car. Missed and dearly loved by her family.

*Elizabeth Liesfield # (44) - Marysville. Elizabeth and her two sons died at their guesthouse when they were trapped by the fire. Their husband and father Rod survived the fire only by being injured in an explosion which prevented him from going into the house to his family.

*James Liesfield # - (14) Marysville

*Matthew Liesfield # - (13) Marysville

*Greg Lloyd # (22)  Died alongside his girlfriend Melanee Hermocilla and her brother Jaeson. The three were able to use his phone to make a last call to his family, and were making their farewells when the fire swept over them.

LLOYD. - Greg. You are one of God's ray of sunshine. Always happy and positive, these qualities will live on through all the lives  ...

Coralie Lynch Marysville, from Eagles Nest Cottage.

David Lynch Marysville. It is believed David and Coralie died in the fire.

*Lloyd Martin # (85) Humevale near Whittlesea. Died trying to defend their home. Two bodies were found at their property.
*Mary Martin #, Humevale near Whittlesea. Mrs Martin, a founding member of racing's Wakeful Club, had told a friend by telephone that afternoon that her husband, a former race horse breeder, intended staying to defend their home of 30 years. Mary and Lloyd Martin were ‘totally and madly in love’.

Beloved parents of Jane and Marisa perished at Pine Ridge Stud on Feb. 7, 2009. They were the loving grandparents of Kate and Ben, brother and sister to Paul and Doug. Uncle and Aunt to Blythe, Erin and Ross. Parents- in-law to Rob and Travis. They have been lost to, but never forgotten by many cherished friends and will be remembered in the hearts of all that knew them. We will miss you every day with all the love we have.

*Daniela Marulli # (41) - Kinglake West. Daniela, her partner and sons fled their farmhouse in a ute but when the road was blocked had to run on foot. Daniela died with two of her sons, Aldo Jr and Jesse.

MARULLI-INZITARI. - Daniela. Passed away tragically aged 41 years on Black Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Kinglake West. Loving wife of Aldo, adored mother of Jonathon, Jesse (dec.) and Aldo Junior (dec.). The beautiful memories of you will be in our hearts forever. We will love you always - Aldo and Jonathon. Rest in Peace INZITARI. - Jesse. Passed away tragically aged 11 years on Black Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Kinglake West. Loving son of Aldo and Daniela (dec.). Brother of Jonathon and Aldo Junior (dec.). A beautiful smile, A beautiful face, A beautiful son and brother we cannot replace We will love you always Our Little Angel - Love Dad and Jonathon. xxxx Rest in Peace INZITARI. - Aldo Junior (AJ). Passed away tragically aged 5 years on Black Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Kinglake West. Loving son of Aldo and Daniela (dec.). Brother of Jonathon and Jesse (dec.). A beautiful smile A beautiful face A beautiful son and brother we cannot replace We will love you always our Little Angel. Love - Dad and Jonathon. xxxx Rest in Peace

*Catherine (May) McIver  (84) Strathewen

*Greg McIver  (59) and his wife Judy, Strathewen

*Judy McIver (59). From Strathewen, they died together on the family property.

McIVER. - May, Greg and Judy. Three very precious people Treasured memories Our loss is Heaven's gain - Slorach family, Stawell.

*Haydn McMahon, Strathewen.

*Kaya Mehmedoff, Strathewen. Bob O'Sullivan, his partner Sue Evans, Sue's son Jon LeGassic and Jon's mates Haydn McMahon and Kaya all died trying to save the couple's Strathewen property.

*Errol Morgan #, Marysville. Chainsaw artist Harley Morgan and his wife, Errol, loved the outdoor life of Marysville.

*Harley Morgan #, Marysville. The Martins died in their driveway.

MORGAN. - Harley and Errol. Tragically taken at Marysville on Feb. 7, 2009 Loved mother and stepfather of Tanya, Glenn, Andrew and Ross. Mother and father-in-law to Nola and Teena. Grandparents to Rachel, Jayden, Jema, Noah, Jack and Marc. Forever in our Hearts Mum and Harley. Your tragic passing has devastated us. No chance to say goodbye. The messages of love from your many friends inspire us. Together forever We will miss you both Our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers and services. - Glenn, Nola, Rachel and Mandy. Mum and Harley a loving couple together to the end. The world is a better place for all that you have given to so many along your journeys in life. I am devastated and will hold you both in my heart forever. Love always - Tanya. xxx Your passing away is surreal and difficult to comprehend. Mum your passion for genealogy was remarkable. You were always on the phone so excited to share your findings. Harley (Dad), your hidden talent of chainsaw carving surfaced in recent years. The exquisite work produced in your gallery in Lady Talbot Drv. has been a tourist attraction enjoyed by many. Your radiant smiles and caring nature will always be remembered. Our boys Jack and Marc will grow up to learn what a wonderful Nanna and Pa you were. Words cannot express our loss. Forever so close to our hearts. - Andrew, Teena, grand- children Jack and baby Marc. There are no words to express the sadness and regret I feel for so much lost time. My thoughts are with all who Mum and Harley touched in life which I know were many. Love - Ross.

*Brian Naylor # (78) Kinglake West.  The former Channel 9 newsreader died at his Coombs Rd property with his wife Moiree.

*Moiree Naylor # -  Kinglake West.   The wife of former newsreader Brian Naylor was found at the couple's home.

*Isak Nilsson #, Marysville. Isak and wife Kirstie died at their Marysville property.

*Kirstie Nilsson # (39), Marysville. The couple are survived by their three young daughters. Kirstie owned the Christmas Shop in Marysville.

Rex Norris (75) Kinglake. Former Greyhound trainer Rex only moved to Kinglake West the day before the fire and tragically lost his life.

NORRIS. - Stanley Rex. 08.01.1933 Tragically taken from us by bushfires at Kinglake West on Feb. 7, 2009 Rex, loving husband of Pam (dec.), father of Robert, Murray and Phillip, father-in-law of Terri and Jane, grandfather of 12 and great grandfather of 3. Brother-in-law of Faye. No time to say goodbye, no words to express our feelings. Loved and forever in our hearts - Rob, Terri, Adam, Brett, Ebony, Alisha and Laila.

*Carolyn O'Gorman #, Humevale.

*Allan O'Gorman #, Humevale. Allan O'Gorman died a hero trying to save his wife and one of his sons.

*Stuart O'Gorman #, Humevale. The O'Gormans are survived by their 21-year-old twin son and daughter

O'GORMAN (nee Gardner) Allan, Carolyn and Stuart Tragically taken from us by the bushfires on Feb. 7, 2009 Allan, loving husband of Carolyn, father of Patrick, Bronwyn and Stuart, eldest son of Maureen and Kevin, brother of Tricia, Ann, Philip, Cathy, Michael, Stephen, Bernadette and Anthony. Brother-in-law of Ian, Peter, Leanne, Michelle and Deb. Carolyn, loving wife of Allan, mother of Patrick, Bronwyn and Stuart, eldest daughter of Pam and Joe, sister to Susan (dec.) and Di. Sister-in-law of Gary. Stuart, youngest son of Allan and Carolyn, brother of Patrick and Bronwyn. Allan, Carolyn and Stu we will always love you. Each of you is very special to us, and we will miss you terribly. We will cherish Patrick and Bronwyn, and do our best to support and love them as you did. - The Gardner and O'Gorman families. Funeral / Memorial details to be advised.

*Debbie O'Shea # (37) Kinglake Devoted parents Debbie and Graham O’Shea thought only of their children as a terrifying inferno tore towards their Kinglake home. Debbie desperately phoned her sister Pauline as she tried to get Trey and Lyric to safety. The family died at their Shelley Harris Drive home.

*Graham O'Shea # Kinglake

*Trey O'Shea # (10) Kinglake. Of all the many tributes to this beautiful family, this one for Trey made me weep -

Monday, 2 March 2009
Trey im am so sad you left me and sarah and matt behind all of us miss you so much R.I.P Trey your my best friend I ever had lots of love from Jaiden Matt and Sarah

*Lyric O'Shea # (8)  - Kinglake This beautiful family died together in their Kinglake home.

Saturday, 21 February 2009
Dear Lyric
You are my bestest friend in the whole world,I will miss you so much and will never forget you.
Love Katrina
Katrina White,
Kinglake, Victoria

O'SHEA. - Taken tragically Black Saturday Feb. 7, 2009 Debbie, Graham, Trey and Lyric O'Shea Much loved family of Betty Hofmeyer and Bob Coe (dec.). Brian and Ines O'Shea. Paul, Karen and Andrew Black. Michael, Jason, Luke and Daniel O'Shea. Pauline and Dennis Zealley. Carlene Gough and Michael Rooney. Wayne, Rachael and Ashleigh Hofmeyer. Karen, Michael, Matthew, Callum and Lachlan Howell. Peter and Eileen Gough. Kelli, Paul, Ben and Chloe Lambert. Craig, Michelle, Myer and Emmison Zealley. Kylie, Megan and Erin Gough and families. Bradley Gough. Sarah Gough and David, Summer and Riley Dunn. Together Forever

Bob O’Sullivan #, (48) Strathewen, partner of Sue Evans. Bob, Sue, with Sue's son Jon LeGassic and Jon's mates Haydn McMahon and Kaya Mehmedoff all died trying to save the couple's Strathewen property. The couple's dogs, Spike and Chewy, were much-loved mascots of the pet store Bob and Sue owned, Diamond Creek Pet and Aquarium Supplies. They are believed to have perished in the fire, along with the couple's horses.

Colin Paul # (83) Marysville. Colin, a WWII veteran, relied on walking sticks and moved slowly, he was unable to outrun the fire.

PAUL. - Colin Fletcher. Born 28.02.1925 Tragically taken at his home during the Marysville bushfire on 07.02.2009 Loving father of Rob, Jenny, Trev, Andrew and Greg. Father- in-law to Sunnee, Mark, Dianne, Sandra and Sue. Papa to 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Much loved and missed by all

*Donna Paulka #, Strathewen The couple adored one another. When desperate attempts to contact the couple after the fires struck failed, family knew by Sunday the news would be bleak.
*Terry Paulka #, Strathewen. Donna and Terry stayed  in Strathewen to try and save their home along with Max Emmins, who has also not been found.

PAULKA. - Terrence Michael (Terry) Donna Marie (nee Smith) Tragically taken from us in bushfires on Feb. 7, 2009 in their home at Strathewen. Adored parents of Thomas, Jessica and Grace. Terry... beloved son of Jack and Eileen. Brother of Mary, Anne, Cathy, Peter, Danny and Theresa. Brother-in-law of Roger, Sandra and Sue. Uncle of Jacob, Anna, Jayne, Emily, Claire, Catherine, Jack, Michael and Njameh. Donna... beloved sister-in-law, aunty and friend. Terry and Donna, your vibrant, generous and loving spirits will live on forever in our hearts. Shine On You Crazy Diamonds

*Libby (Elizabeth) Perry # - Strathewen. I have been overwhelmed with tributes for Libby and Phil, they were dearly loved by so many people. Libby is survived by her mother.

*Phil Perry # - Strathewen - Libby and Phil died together at their home. This wonderful tribute from Sally Catt - Phil Perry was on his usual annual service visit to us on Thursday 5th February. We have contracted him for many years to service our microscopes in our teaching labs at Monash Institute of Medical Research, Clayton. He was a wonderful man, whom anyone would immediately warm to. He had a huge knowledge and passion for microscopes and was always willing to share his wealth of experience, which is unsurpassed in Australia, I am sure. Even on that Thursday, he took the time and trouble to show one of our keen students Jacky, how to set up a microscope from scratch. He was half way through the job, but unfortunately never came back to finish the project with her on the Monday and we still have his meticulously laid out tools in our lab. His warm personality really shone through on that day, as three people, two staff members and one student, whom he had never met before, were all deeply affected by his loss, along, of course, with many others in our Institute whom have known him over the years. Sincerest condolences, Sally Catt

*Dr /Professor Rob Pierce # died trying to defend his house at St Andrews.

*Len Postlethwaite # (82) Marysville. Len refused to leave his home and stayed on his verandah while wife Elaine fled on foot. Elaine survived.

POSTLETHWAITE. - Leonard Arthur Died tragically in Marysville Bushfires on Feb. 7, 2009 Loved husband of Elaine, father of Ann and Kay, father-in-law of Simon and Matthew, grandfather of Christopher, Levi, Renee, Mitchell and Harley-Rose, grandfather-in- law of Virginia. Rest in Peace.
Published in the Herald Sun on 30/3/2009

Michael Real - Michael died in the St Andrews fire trying to help the Bartlett family escape their home. Tragically the Bartletts also died except one daughter. Michael's friend Mark has these words - "Michael Real was a surveyor.  He had an interest in history and was good natured.  --A very good person.  He had worked much in the outback, and was strong and tough.  I would not have thought that anything would do him in.  For him to have died the conditions must have been unimaginably horrible."   

Michael leaves behind his girlfriend Judith. He died a hero.

*Paul Roland Kinglake.  Paul and his wife and two daughters were last heard from on Saturday when they had lost power to their home and were stuck at their property as bushfires raged.

*Karen Roland, Kinglake.  Died with her family at their Kinglake home.

*Caitlin Roland (14) Kinglake.  Died with her family at their Kinglake home, the sporty teen was a popular figure at her tennis club.
*Nicola Roland, (12) Kinglake.  Died with her family at their Kinglake home.

*Dr Ken Rowe #, (63) Marysville. The leader in education is believed to have been caught in the Marysville fire.

ROWE.- Dr Kenneth John. 26.12.1945 - 7.2.2009 Dearly loved husband of Kathy, father of David, Andrew and Iain, father-in-law of Emma and Kate, Grandpa of Lucinda, Fraser and Annabelle, was caught in the fires that engulfed his beloved Marysville. We will all miss him He is in God's care.

*Rudi Rudi, (28) Marysville, Rudi was just passing through the town & it's thought he and friend Dean Lesmana became trapped.

*Graeme Savage # (58) St Andrews Graeme perished in the St Andrews bushfires.

SAVAGE. - Graeme Stanley. 1951-2009 Cherished husband, friend and life partner of Elizabeth. Beloved and loving, proud, proud Dad and Father and friend of Christopher, David and Rosemary, and their partners Samantha, Chantel and Hamish. Dearly loved first son of Myra and Stan (dec.), friend and help to Harold. Loved and admired brother of Glenys, Jeffrey and Claire, and uncle of Alexander, Bonnie and Michael. Mentor and role model to many children, young people and adults in family, community and work life. Recipient of Royal Humane Society Silver Medal for bravery. Also honoured with a Silver Medal for bravery from the Scout Association of Australia. Dear Graeme, you were so loved by so many people from so many circles. They are holding you in their hearts; they are holding us in their hands and hearts. Dearest Graeme, My Peter Pan Man, lover, visionist, dreamer and mischief maker. Your life was a song of singing and music, of working, nurturing, building, creating, teasing and loving. King of paella chefs, song man of the hills, olive grove man, lover of the land and you sang 'why can't we sign the Kyoto?' And now you are gone and will I ever sleep again? Brave man, feminist, generous, justice man among men, I was so proud of you and you said 'you taught me that'. And now I will hold these memories and you can be in peace. - Elizabeth xx Dear Dad. Just want you to know that I am proud of you and that I miss you. We miss you. There are no words to express what I'm feeling but I know you will understand. So long on the next stage. Both! Rest in Peace. Love - Your son Chris. Reader of newspapers, planter of trees and builder of things, Hi Dad, I love you. - Dave. My Dad, Daddy and Pa! I am so fond of you. We have so much love and respect for you. You are a leader and a rock. We will carry your strength, creativity and your charming passion with us always. We know you were brave. Love - Rose, your Rosie Petal What will we do without you? Dear Graeme, what a beautiful soul you are. We thank you for the music, the camping, and the open, curious, playful and generous person you are. We will so miss you and "Hold you forever in the middle of our hearts" With Love - Kath and Annie Rose Armour.

Martin (Marty) Schultz (33) Traralgon Sth/Callignee. Martin was found in his vehicle after a long search, (with his dog in the back) 5km from his house after he was unable to outrun the fire.

-  SCHULTZ. - Martin Carl (Marty) Died tragically as a result of the bushfires at Callignee on Saturday Feb. 7, 2009 Aged 33 years 

*Marlene Sebald # Marysville.

*David Sebald #  Marysville. David and wife Marlene were local real estate agents, from Marysville Country Real Estate.

SEBALD. - David and Marlene. Tragically on Feb. 7, 2009 in the Marysville Fire Dearly loved son and daughter- in-law of Ursula and Franz (dec.). Brother and sister-in-law of John and Janet; Vera and Ben; Edgar and Sumiko. Wonderful uncle and aunt of George, Christopher, Nicholas and Amy; Emma and Troy; Kate and Ben. Great uncle and aunt of Lily, Darcy and Oscar. Forever in Our Hearts

*Danny Shepherd #, (32) Strathewen. Friends and colleagues said Danny Shepherd, from Ocean Grove died in a heroic battle to help family members near Strathewen.

SHEPHERD. - Daniel Joseph. 16.11.1976 - 7.2.2009 Tragically at Strathewen. Our wonderful Dan, we have lost the best son and brother we could have wished for. You spread happiness wherever you went. A lifetime of beautiful memories of you living life to the fullest - that smile lighting your face. Our deepest sympathy to Bree, his beautiful wife. You didn't just marry Danny 3 months ago, you gained a whole family who loves you and will always be there for you. We will watch him ride that perfect wave in the sky. - Joe, Dini, Luke and Laura. Danny, my big brother. Mate, words can't say how much I'm going to miss you. You were the kindest, most caring person I've ever met. Your aim in life was to run the lineup, mate you achieved that. I'll never forget surfing 13th with you. You would push me out of my depth, but I felt so safe with you. You were the best big brother that I could ever have wished for. - Luke.

*Joe Shepherd #, Strathewen.  Father to Danny. Joe passed away on Feb 22nd in hospital as result of the burns he received valiantly fighting the fires. "Two heroes lost to their loved ones. Our love and prayers are with those who survived and who must battle through without Joe and Danny" - family friend Judith.

SHEPHERD. - Joseph. 28.05.1948 - 22.02.2009 Taken by the Strathewen Bushfire. My wonderful, loving husband and caring father. We shared 37 years of the best marriage. Kind, compassionate and funny. We enjoyed life's simple pleasures; bike rides, walks, fish and chips by the Yarra. You loved the bush and the sea and inspired others to appreciate the beauty of nature. We miss you so much - Dina, Danny (dec.) and Bree, Luke and Laura. Dad, where do I start - we had our ups and downs, but you always stood by me no matter what. You taught me one thing that I will take with me for the rest of my life, PLASTERING! Everyone is going to miss your caring and kind personality. I hope you and Dan are living it up up there. Love you both so much - Your brother and son Luke.

*Marcel Smits #, (56) St Andrews. Marcel tried to escape the fire and smoke by laying on a shed floor with a pillow on his face.

SMITS. - Marcel Antonius. In memory of our beloved Marcel so tragically taken from our family in the fires of Black Saturday. A kind, gentle and generous man with a big heart who brought joy to all who knew him. You are very much loved and missed. You enriched our lives and we are thankful for the time God gave you to us. You will live in our hearts forever. - Carole, Catherine, Sally and Peter.

*Marilyn Spooner #, Strathewen. Marilyn Spooner died with her son Damien in the fire at Strathewen. Mrs Spooner was best friends with Mary Avola, who lost her husband Peter to the flames.

SPOONER. - Marilyn Joy. In Loving Memory Loving wife of Denis and mother of Damien (dec.) and Warrick and mother-in-law of Jodie and Rachael. Devoted Nana to Chloe and Mitchell. Always with you - Denis.

Damien Spooner #, son of Marilyn, in his 30's, Strathewen  The Spooners were building a huge extension to their Strathewen home that wasn't quite finished when the blaze destroyed everything.

SPOONER. - Damien John. In Loving Memory Beloved husband of Jodie. There is a place in my heart that is yours alone A piece of my life no other can own The tears I can wipe away but the memories of you will never fade Now that my love for you is eternal. Devoted father of Chloe and Mitchell. The brightest star in the sky is the same sparkle in your eye We will never stop loving and never forget The greatest Dad we ever met. Forever Loved

*David Stokes # - (64) Upper Plenty. David died at his home and his family would like it known that he lived his life to serve God. His wife and their three sons Stephen, Matthew and Anthony survived.,21985,25046496-5018723,00.html

STOKES. - David Frank. 26.5.1944 - 7.2.2009 His Time To Be At Home With His Lord Jenice, Stephen, Julie and Andrew, Daniel, Rebekah, Jonathan, Anthony and Leanne, Matthew and Fiona, Zoe.

Bian Tan - (50) - Marysville. Bian's family have chosen to hold a private memorial service for her family and close friends.

*Dimitrios (Dim) Tsimiklis #, Kinglake

*Tanja Tsimiklis #, Kinglake. Dim and Tanja were found at their Kinglake property.

TSIMIKLIS (nee Krause). - Dimitrios (Dim) and Tanja Tragically lost in the bushfires at Kinglake, Sat. Feb. 7, 2009 Your memory will be with us always - Your loving mother Martha, sister Theoni and father Ioannis. The family wish to thank everyone for their support and condolences. They would appreciate the privacy to grieve during this difficult time.

*Dr Chris Towie #, Reedy Creek, near Broadford.  The partially deaf GP died when the inferno consumed his property. It is believed he was trying to save his animals.

*Bill Walker #, Narbethong.  Found dead with his wife and disabled son at the family home.

*Fay Walker #, Narbethong.  Died with her husband and disabled son at the family home.

*Geoffrey Walker # (53) Narbethong.  The wheelchair-bound man was found dead with his elderly parents in their family home. Fay and Bill Walker, both in their 80s, and their disabled son Geoff, 53, never reached the vehicle in which they had planned to escape.When the time came to flee, a huge fallen tree blocked the gate of their Narbethong home, forcing the trio to seek shelter in their lounge room. It could not protect them.

WALKER. - Bill, Fay and Geoff. To the most wonderful parents, brother, grandparents and uncle. We enjoyed so much fun, love and wonderful times together in the past. It's so hard to know that we can never do such things together again. Taken all too soon, too quickly and without goodbyes on Black Saturday. You will be loved and remembered by us all forever. We miss you so much - Your loving daughter and sister Marilyn, her husband Ron Peter-Budge, grandchildren, nephews and niece Bryce, Dwane and Karina and their partners Kerith, Alisha and Travis. Nothing beautiful in this world is never really lost. All things believed live in our hearts forever. A Private Funeral Service was held yesterday.
Published in the Herald Sun on 7/4/2009

Cherie Walker Flowerdale

John "Jay" Walker  Flowerdale

Don Walker  Flowerdale

Helen Walker  Flowerdale

*Julie W.M. # (Julie's surname unpublished at the request of her family)  - (40) Marysville. Julie was an executive assistant from Windsor in Melbourne and was visiting Marysville for the weekend. Her body was found near a burnt out car with her boyfriend James Gormley. They had recently begun dating and were on their first romantic weekend away. Julie phoned her parents at 8:42pm saying they were lost on a bush track and the fire was all around them. Donations in Julie`s memory may be made to WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals)

Marie Walsh, (73), Marysville. Mrs Walsh was seeking shelter at the Cumberland Spa Resort in the main street when fire engulfed the building. Her husband Dan had left the spa to check on their house as they thought the worst of the fire was over but when he returned the spa had been destroyed.

Aged 73 Victim of the Marysville bushfire on Feb. 7, 2009 Loving wife of Daniel. Mother of Paul and Michael. Sister  ...

Les Webb #  Marysville. Les and long time friend Glenis Delmenico were on a weekend camping trip when tragedy struck. They perished in Les' car with Les' beautiful Dalmation dog Harley, trying to flee the fierce flames.

WEBB. - Lesleigh (Les). Sept. 10. 1957 - Feb. 7, 2009 To our Dad, someone we could always count on and ask for advice. Life will never be the same without you. Much love - Jacqueline and Michelle.

David Whittington # (68) Marysville

Kate Whittington # (66) Marysville

WHITTINGTON. - David and Kathryn (Kate) 01.07.1940 and 15.10.1942 Tragically taken on Black Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. Originally from Glossop, UK with many years in South Australia but at home and at peace in Marysville. Married for 47 years and still very much in love. Loved and respected parents and parents-in-law of John and Miriam, Jane and Andrew and Robert. Dearly loved and loving grandparents of Jessica, Tom, Angus and Will. "As I sat sadly on the ground, The sun reached out his hand to me And touched my face And so my healing began."

*John Wilson mid-50s, Mudgegonga.   Died trying to protect their farmhouse at Barwidgee Creek, near Myrtleford alongside his wife.

*Sue Wilson mid-50s, Mudgegonga.  Was killed with her husband John trying to save their farmhouse.

WILSON. - John Maurice. WILSON. - Susan May. Tragically taken from their family and many friends No time for goodbyes To know them was to love them and feel loved John - Joey - Teet A special brother who was always there for you whether you were family, friend, or first acquaintance. He made you feel special, made you feel loved, made you feel like you were the only one, when you were with him you felt like you were the only person on earth. A much loved and respected DAD, BROTHER, TEAM MATE, FRIEND AND TRADESMAN They say that memories never fade. This is very true, as we take walks down memory lane, with so many people who were close to him. He will always be there, with us, as we gather and chat or laugh about life, sport and ourselves. Sue A loving sister-in-law who lived for her family, always busy, like a bee in a bottle, making sure all your needs were catered for. The life of the party. A much loved and respected MUM, SISTER-IN-LAW, FRIEND We'll draw breath from memories of her energy, warm smile, endearing laugh and love of life. Sue and John are forever united in spirit and at peace with all. Rest in peace, knowing that we will look out for your beautiful daughters Grace and Samantha. We will take solace in that your special girls reflect both of your personalities. Lovingly remembered by your siblings, in-laws, nephews and nieces - Julie, Jim, Jay and Kate, Chelsea and Steve (Garoni) Chris, Linda, Thomas and Nicholas, Peter, Katie, Amelie, Sylvie, Clare and Isobel. God has you in His keeping, we have you in our hearts. Sue and John, Passed away on Feb. 7, 2009 as a result of the tragic bushfires at Mudgegonga. Dearly loved oldest daughter of Des and Barb Briggs and our much loved son- in-law John. Loving and devoted Mum and Dad to Grace and Samantha and great friend to Blair. Loved sister and brother-in-law to Jenny, Nat and Karen. Dear Auntie and Uncle to Nikita, Talia and Jai. Forever in our Hearts Sue and John, who tragically lost their lives on Feb. 7, 2009. We will hold back the tears when we speak your name, the ache in our hearts is still the same. No one knows the grief we bear, when the family meets and you're not there. Love - Susie and Clarry Murray.

Tina Wilson(36)  Kinglake & her 3 children: Tina tried to get herself and her children away to safety but all the escape routes from Kinglake were blocked, she had no choice but to stay in her home and try and fight. Tina Wilson loved cars are her local hot rod club went out of their way to give her one last wish. "The wish for Tina was for her to have 100 hot rods at her funeral and it was only a passing comment that was made but we have been able to achieve that aim," says Ray McDonald from the Northern Suburbs Street Rod Club.

*Krystal Breeze # (15) Kinglake

*Nathan Breeze # (13) Kinglake

Tegan Haymes(5)  Kinglake. Known to her Dad Sam as "Hairy Bum"

WILSON. - Tina Lucille and her children Krystal Sarah, Nathan David and Teagen Margaret. Taken from us on Feb. 7, 2009 at Kinglake West A loving partner, mother, daughter, granddaughter, niece, aunty, cousin, friend and hotrodder. Tina you are missed by us all. We are proud of the life you led and cherish your memory. Krystal, Nathan and Teagen our precious and much loved grandchildren, stepchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephew and friends, in lives cut too short, you have touched so many. The legacy you leave behind is a tribute to yourselves and your mother. Rest in peace; you will forever be a happy part of our daily lives. Just a few more tears until thoughts of you bring only smiles and laughter. Tina 13.04.72 - 7.2.09 Krystal 02.11.93 - 7.2.09 Nathan 24.11.95 - 7.2.09 Teagen 30.03.03 - 7.2.09 A family, Together in life, Together in death, Together forever.

Irma Winton #, Strathewen.

WINTON. - Irma. Taken from us suddenly by the ferocious fires of Feb. 7, 2009. You will be sadly missed by your children Andrea, David, Karen and Duncan. You will also be greatly missed by your grandchildren, great- grandchildren and other family and friends. We know that you are at peace and happy to again be with your beloved husband Bob and with your son Michael.
Published in the Herald Sun on 23/3/2009

Michael Winton #, Strathewen, son of Erma, Michael died in hospital after being caught by flames while trying to drive into Strathewen up a back road in a desperate attempt to save his Mum.

*Eva Zann #, 25, Kinglake  Died with her parents, Richard and Eileen, when fire consumed Bald Spur Rd. Eva, a charity worker, had just found a flatmate and was preparing to move out of home. The Cancer Council fundraiser loved living with her parents but wanted to be closer to work.

*Richard Zann #, 64, Kinglake. Richard was a hero who tried to save his family and also an elderly neighbour (Karma Hastwell). The family were found at their home. A world renowned bird expert with La Trobe university’s zoology department, Richard spent much of his life studying zebra finches, and was fascinated by lyrebirds near his Kinglake home.

*Eileen Zann #, 62, Kinglake. Eileen tragically died with her husband and daughter in her home. The family leave behind a son, Chris. Eileen was a former dancer with a New Zealand ballet company.

TOTAL - 164

(However there are 173 confirmed deceased so 9 are still unidentified)


If you know the identities of any of the people in the stories below, and it's okay with their families to release their names then please let me know as I would really like to honour those who fought so hard to survive.

6 people killed in car pile up as they tried to escape on the Kinglake-Whittlesea Road -

A man lost both his daughters when the fire caught them by surprise after he had loaded them into the car ready to escape. <- this report is incorrect, the children's dad was not Ross - The Ross in this article was Ross Buchanan, father to Mackenzie and Neeve who died at their grandmother Jenny Clark's home.

8 people died with Rex Norris as they huddled around a baby in a house at Kinglake -,23739,25051852-952,00.html
The wife and child of a badly burned Kinglake man, he survived with his infant daughter who was also burned -

                 *Now identified as the Leahy-Gibson family -

Grandmother and her 2 grandchildren who died in Kinglake  -

2 little girls running down the street, found by a man who put them into his own home where he thought they would be safe but the house burned down, the man was unable to save them -

Kinglake - Family killed when a burning tree fell on top of their car, including one child approx. 5 years old -

Woman and children died in a car at Strathewen -

Those who died in their cars trying to flee the fire -


                 BY LOCATION.........

Wendy is the person who has worked tirelessly to compile this data, and the spreadsheet is entirely hers. We are still trying to finalise this information; this gives people a better idea of things and I also STILL have friends of those in the fires asking about people they have not heard from. To know that no one died from a particular town, or that all from another town have been identified and named in the list above gives them immense peace of mind, to know their friends must be safe somewhere.

This first list was issued this week by Victoria Police.

Following that is Wendy's spreadsheet compiling the names of who died in each town. 

Location where deceased found -

Fire Region / Municipality




Kinglake / Whittlsea Fires




Kinglake West


St Andrews












Steeles Creek


Arthurs Creek


Strath Creek








Heathcote Junction


Upper Plenty






Yarra Glen




Gippsland Fires




Callignee Upper






Jeeralang Junction




Beechworth Fires






Bendigo Fires


Long Gully











Marysville - 37

Strathewen - 27

Kinglake - 38

St Andrews - 12

Steels Creek - 10

Hazeldene -10

Humevale - 6

Kinglake West - 4

Koornalla - 4

Callignee 3

Narbethong 4

Arthurs Creek 2

Flowerdale - 2

Toolangi 2

Churchill 2

Whittlesea 2

Mudgegonga 2

Beechworth 2

Callignee Upper 1

Clonbinane 1

Yarra Glen 1

Strath Creek 1

Upper Plenty 1

Heathcote Junction 1

Bendigo 1

Long Gully 1

Cambarville 1

Jerralang Junction 1



Jamie Bowker

Peter Avola

Krystal Breeze -house

Gary Bartlett

Charmian Ahern

none identified

Barry Johnston

Eileen Gillespie

Nathan "Charlsy" Charles

Alfred Frendo

Bill Walker

none identified

Gavin Dunn

Kate Ansett

David Gibson

Carol Holcombe

John Wilson

2 not identified

1 not identified

1 not identified

*Gareth Jones-Roberts,

Dr Chris Towie,

David Stokes

Steve Lackas,

Kevin "Mick" Kane

not identified

David Balfour

not identified

Rocelyn "Roz" Clifton (Freeman)


Melissa Bunning

Max Emmins

Nathan Breeze

Jacinta Bartlett,

Leigh Ahern

Lloyd Martin

Jesse Inzitari 

Luke Jacobs

Scott Frendo

Fay Walker

Robert Harrop

Steve Fisher

Colin Gibson

David Holcombe

Sue Wilson

all identified

all identified

all identified

all identified

all identified

all identified


Len Delmenico

Sue Evans

Adrian Brown,

Erin Bartlett

Jenny Barnett

Mary Martin,

'AJ' Inzitari

Alan Jacobs 

Martin Schultz

Geoffrey Walker

Cherie Walker

all identified

all identified

all identified

all identified


Glenis Delminico

Don Hatton

Eric Brown,

Jenny Bundy

John Barnett

Allan O'Gorman

Daniela Marulli

Miros Jacobs

all identified

1 not identified

Don Walker


Dalton Fiske

Leonie Hatton

Mirrabelle Brown

Angela Brunton

Lyn James

Carolyn O'Gorman,

*Brian Naylor

all identified

Jon "Jay" Walker


Liz Fiske

George Jackson,

Matthew Brown,

Rae Carter

Gail Leonard

Stuart O'Gorman,

Moiree Naylor

Helen Walker


James Gormley

Jon Le Gassic,

Brielle Brown,

Reg Evans,

Greg Leonard

all identified

Arthur Enver

Richard Hall


Geoff Grady

Catherine McIver 

*Mackenzie Buchanan house

Rob Pierce

Melanee Hermocilla

all identified


Nicole Jefferson,

Greg McIver

Neeve Buchanan,

Graeme Savage

Jaeson Hermocilla


Patrick Jennings

Judy McIver

Mark Butler

Marcel Smits,

Greg Lloyd


Dean Lesmana

Haydn McMahon,

Penny Chambers,

1 not identified

all identified


Laurel Lewis,

Kaya Mehmedoff,

Melanie Chambers,


Elizabeth Liesfield

Bob O’Sullivan,

Danny Clark


James Liesfield

Donna Paulka,

Rob Davey


Matthew Liesfield

Terry Paulka,

Natasha Davey


Coralie Lynch

Libby Perry

Alexis Davey


David Lynch

Phil Perry

Jorja Davey


Errol Morgan,

Danny Shepherd,

Michael Flynn


Harley Morgan

Joe Shepherd

Karma Hastwell


Isak Nilsson

Marilyn Spooner,

Tegan Haymes 


Kirstie Nilsson

Damien Spooner,

Suzanne Hyde,


Colin Paul

Irma Winton,

Geoff Hyde 


Len Postlethwaite

Michael Winton

Barry Johnston


Dr Ken Rowe,

4 not identified

Gennaro Laudisio


Rudi Rudi

Rex Norris


Marlene Sebald

Debbie O'Shea


David Sebald

Graham O'Shea


Bian Tan

*Trey O'Shea


Marie Walsh,

Lyric O'Shea



Paul Roland


Julie W.M

*Karen Roland,


David Whittington

Caitlin Roland


Kate Whittington

Nicola Roland,


2 not identified

*Dimitrios Tsimiklis


Tanja Tsimiklis


Tina Wilson


Eva Zann


Richard Zann,


*Eileen Zann,








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