How do we remember a summer of devastation like the one so many Australians have just endured?
For most, it will be almost impossible to forget. Entering a new decade sheltering on the beach in eerie darkness on New Year's Eve; seeing convoys of firefighting trucks travelling to blazes near and far; the devastation wreaked on wildlife and the stunning Australian bush; homes razed; lives lost.
For those who weren't impacted directly, there was the bushfire smoke that enveloped the city for weeks on end, the money and time donated to so many decent causes, the anxiety in not knowing how some of our favourite places - which we'd normally associate with feelings of relaxation and calm - fared.
From what felt like a never-ending drought and horrifying fires, and now to flooding rains.
What a change a few weeks makes.
But how do we commemorate the lives lost, the homes destroyed, the many, many volunteer hours put in by our brave volunteer firefighters. How do we celebrate how lucky others were that their homes were saved, that their towns are still standing and that despite the scale of the fires, no more lives were lost.
The National Museum of Australia has taken on the monumental task of recording all of this.
Museum director Mathew Trinca said he is committed to recording the events of this summer, a summer that "redefined the way Australians consider climatic change and bushfire threats".
"It's incumbent on the museum to both make a material record of these fires but also help people across the country tell their stories of what has transpired and how they were affected," Dr Trinca said.
He said for many reasons, this summer will come to be seen as a defining moment in Australia.
The Defining Moments collection at the museum takes in things like the Kelly Gang's last stand in 1880, when the White Australia policy was enshrined in law in 1901 and the end of that policy in 1966, the height of the Great Depression in 1932 and the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.
The Defining Moments collection "aims to stimulate public discussion about the events that have been of profound significance to the Australian people," the museum's website says.
What a job it is then for curator Craig Middleton to collect the stories and the things that will define this moment in Australian history.
The task has begun, and what better way to start than with something that rose as a symbol of kindness and community spirit in the Bungendore "firies' fridge".