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Fabian Crowe

Fabian Crowe
Interviewed on:
21 March 2023
Interviewed by:
Alex Watkins

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  • In some ways I thought it was better that I was doing it than the farmer was - Fabian Crowe
  • That was a first taste of what it might be like to deal with mobs - Fabian Crowe
  • To be able to show people, look, they survived - Fabian Crowe
  • Those poor buggers that live with that moment in time - Fabian Crowe
  • The time between Ash Wednesday and the next major event there is a generational gap - Fabian Crowe
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Fabian was a fisheries and wildlife officer who in the days after Ash Wednesday was brought in with a team to manage injured wildlife and livestock on farms and in bushland along the coast. The men were tasked with using firearms to dispatch kangaroos, koalas and other burnt animals, a grim assignment which has lived on in Fabian’s memory ever since.

Fabian went on to lead a distinguished career in fire investigation and fire managament, and was later instrumental in the investigation into Black Saturday for the Royal Commission. His insights highlight how indispensable first-hand experience of fire behaviour is in responding to catastrophic events.

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