"The small cairn of white stones on the altar of Melbourne's St Paul's Cathedral just kept growing as the names were read yesterday afternoon. Twenty-three stones. King Lake ... Flowerdale ... Marysville ... Calignee ... Bendigo ... Yarra Glen. It was an awful roll call.
Each white stone symbolised a Victorian community both devastated by the Victoria fires and where lives have been lost. Then there was a 24th stone - representing 'those, as yet, un-named communities'. And the victims yet to be discovered."