On Wednesday 19 October our monthly Out of the Port lecture by author and broadcaster Ian Townsend focused on Cyclone Mahina. On 4 March 1899 this category 5 cyclone caused one of Australia’s worst natural disasters killing over 400 people and destroying the pearling fleet berthed at Bathurst Bay. The ensuing storm surge swept inland for 5 kilmetres.
Thanks to Ian for a fascinating presentation delivered in a year in which Queensland, and indeed many other areas around Australia and the rest of the world, have again experienced the devastation of natural disasters in the form of floods, cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis.
Join us next month for our last Out of the Port lunchtime lecture for 2011. Brian Rough and Jack Ford will present Tripping over Concrete Slabs: documenting Queensland’s wartime heritage.
See you at the State Library on 6 November at 12.30, auditorium 2, level 2.
Manager, Arts Portfolio – State Library of Queensland