Project update - September 2015

Welcome to spring (for those in the southern hemisphere anyway). If where you are is anything like Melbourne this afternoon, you could well be forgiven for thinking that we’re still in the middle of winter – that wind is icy!

In excellent news, a touch over 650 people have come to visit the website, and letters from people telling their recovery stories are still arriving. Thanks!

In September there have been thoughtful and thought provoking letters arrive from people who have experienced the Ash Wednesday fires (which happened in 1983), Canterbury earthquakes and the Tasman Peninsula fires. Thanks again to everyone who has put so much time and care into their contributions, it’s much appreciated.

I’m still keen to receive letters from anyone who is interested in participating. I’m especially keen to receive as many as I can before the end of November as (in some ‘other life’ news) I’m expecting my first baby to arrive in December.

While I will be taking some time off for maternity leave, I plan to come back to keep going with the research just as soon as I figure out how to wrangle a baby and study (gulp). Others who have been there before me assure me that it is possible, it just takes a little bit of time to figure out how it all works.

For more information about participating in the research, go to or email me at