Remembering the Bobin bushfire | Photos and video

Residents of Bobin have acknowledged the 12 month anniversary of the bushfire which devastated the tiny town on Friday, November 8 2019.

Eighteen homes and the historic school house were destroyed in the blaze.

"There's not a day that doesn't remind me of the fire when I step outside," local resident Peter Schouten said.

"Tree trunks are still blackened and the forest hasn't by any means grown back yet."

Bobin resident and hall president Peter Schouten said there's not a day that doesn't remind him of the fires.

Bobin resident and hall president Peter Schouten said there's not a day that doesn't remind him of the fires.

It's certainly a day Kim MacDonald will never forget.

She lived in one of the oldest homes in Bobin next door to the school.

"On the day everything happened so quickly that nobody really had chance to get prepared," Kim said.

Bobin resident Kim MacDonald sought refuge in the creek as the fire destroyed her house.

Bobin resident Kim MacDonald sought refuge in the creek as the fire destroyed her house.

Kim had originally gone to the hall opposite her home because people were starting to leave.

Though Bobin was covered in smoke, the fire which had threatened nearby Caparra for some time appeared to be travelling towards Wingham.

"So we thought we'd be okay, naively," said Kim.

"Everything changed in 10 minutes."

The fire was so ferocious there was little Kim could do to save her house.

Her priority became her own safety and she fled to the creek behind her home with her two dogs.

Flames were soon on both sides of the creek and Kim retreated to a small alcove in the creek as fire raged all around her.

It was three hours before the fire had burnt out enough that the RFS crews could rescue Kim.

Everything changed in 10 minutes

Kim MacDonald

Her beautiful home was gone along with all her belongings. So too was her car, her camper and her sheds.

Somehow her four lucky chickens survived the blaze.

Kim, like many of the other residents of Bobin are yet to rebuild and live in permanent dwellings again.

Temporary structures stand where family homes once did but fortunately, for the children at least, the school was a different story.

"The school was one of the first things to be rebuilt," said relieving principal Sarah Parker.

"To see something rise out of the ashes, literally, really helped everybody around here," she said.

Within days it was announced the school would get new buildings and the community rallied to make it a reality.

The school reopened just three months later for term one of this year.

The school and entire community of Bobin were inundated with support from all over the world.

"I think it really touched people's hearts," said Sarah.

Bobin Public School relieving principal Sarah Parker said she couldn't believe people could be so generous.

Bobin Public School relieving principal Sarah Parker said she couldn't believe people could be so generous.

"We were given so much support it's something I wouldn't have realised could happen without living through it - that people could be so generous."

Since the fires the school has received hundreds of letters from children and adults offering their condolences.

I think it really touched people's hearts

Sarah Parker

Three folders were needed to file them all and recently the children have been reading them again.

"They're amazed," said Sarah.

"It means more to them now that a bit of time has passed."

The school will always treasure the letters.

"They just bring us so much joy to see all the love we were given," added Sarah.