Footage of the Maryborough floods of 1955

A series of short films made by amateur filmmaker Bill Rahmann have been digitised by State Library of Queensland and made available online. One of these films focuses on the Maryborough floods during March of 1955, following Cyclone Bertha.

Flooded street during the 1955 Maryborough floods. From 29226, Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

Flooded street during the 1955 Maryborough floods. From 29226, Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

“This was, and still is, the second highest flood on record in the Mary River at Mbro after 1893. (Gympie has exceeded it)”, recalled Bill. “I was City Engineer Mbro at the time and was up at 4 am working out how high it was going to come when we realised from upstream levels that it was going to be a good one. The cyclone was ‘Bertha’ and came for about three days at the end of March 1955. Not too many ‘characters’ but the bloke near the end whose house was washed away was Garney (Garnet) Crowe, a local builder who lived in Mary Street, where the water came high enough to short circuit a large meander called “The Pocket”, and had a much higher velocity across the shorter path”.

Flooded street during the 1955 Maryborough floods. From 29226, Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

Flooded street during the 1955 Maryborough floods. From 29226, Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

Flooded street during the 1955 Maryborough floods. From 29226, Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

Flooded street during the 1955 Maryborough floods. From 29226, Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

Footage from the air during the Maryborough floods, 1955. From 9226 Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

Footage from the air during the Maryborough floods, 1955. From 9226 Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

This 9 minute home movie features footage of flooded streets from the ground and from the air.

Cleaning up after the Maryborough floods, 1955. From 9226 Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

Cleaning up after the Maryborough floods, 1955. From 9226 Bill Rahmann Films, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

This film is available to view through our One Search catalogue, along with other films made by Bill Rahmann between 1948 and 1987.