Skip to Main Content
Mentone Girls' Grammar School | Kerferd Library

Bridie's Fire: Overview

Year 8 English : Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT] Literacy [VCELY]

Source: "The Irish famine, scene at the gate of the work-house", (Ridpath, 1907.)

Level 1 resourceBridie’s Fire vividly recreates the era of Ireland during the potato famine and early colonial Victoria. (Kirsty Murray, n.d.)

Referencing Notice Don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For help see the Junior School or Senior School referencing guides, and / or CiteMaker.
Resource Key

When accessing content use the numbers below to guide you:


Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings

Literature allows us to experience things we could not have imagined without it.

Essential Questions

How do authors allow us to understand different worlds to our own?

Bridie's Fire | Overview: Keywords

Level 1Keywords
Click on the terms to access a simple definition from Lexico, the online Oxford Dictionary. Definitions from other sources are marked with a #.

Dublin, Famine, Gold rush, Historical fiction #, Immigration, Laissez-faire, Moralism, Potato blight, Providence, Refugee, Whig

Bridie's Fire | Overview: Articles

Level 1Article

Bridie's Fire | Overview: Teacher resources

Bridie's Fire | Overview: Books and eBooks

Level 1 resourceTo view the eBooks off campus follow the link. If prompted, sign in with your School mConnect user name and password.

Bridie's Fire | Overview: Videos

Level 2 resourceFilm and videoUsing YouTube on campus help and instructionsTo view these video on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.


Kirsty Murray discusses the history and ideas behind her quartet of Australian historical fiction "Children of the Wind". (Murray, 2010)

When using this video don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For more information and help see the Kerferd Library referencing guide and / or CiteMaker.
In text reference / citation: Murray (2010) or (Murray, 2010)
Bibliography / Reference list:Murray, K., (2010). Children of the Wind [eVideo]. Retrieved from

Bridie's Fire | Overview: Curriculum alignment

Level 1Victorian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum AlignmentThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Australian and / or Victorian curriculum outcomes.

© Mentone Girls' Grammar School | CRICOS provider 00324B