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Destruction of the Indooroopilly Railway Bridge – 1893 Brisbane Flood

Indooroopilly Railway Bridge after being badly damaged by floodwaters 1893. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 201198

One of the causalities of the devastating Great Flood of 1893 was the Indooroopilly Railway Bridge (Albert Bridge) on February 5. The Brisbane Courier newspaper provided a detailed account of the bridge’s demise during that day. “[A]bout a quarter to six o’clock yesterday morning…there was a great crash and a roar like thunder, and one … Read more

Souvenir of Floods: Southern Queensland, February, 1893 – Digitised @ SLQ

Steamer in Queen Street, Brisbane, February 19. Sketch from Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Souvenir of floods: Southern Queensland, February, 1893 was published by the Telegraph Newspaper Company following the devastation caused by the floods. The commemorative booklet contains sketches which were initially featured in The Telegraph and The Week newspapers during the disaster. In their April 21, 1893 edition, The Telegraph reported that demand for the publication had … Read more

Digitised @ SLQ – Photographs from Rockhampton’s Great Flood of 1918

Flooded East Street in Rockhampton, Queensland, 1918. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 59588

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rockhampton’s Great Flood of 1918, State Library of Queensland recently digitised seven images from our historical photograph collection documenting the disaster. These images and others are available online through our One Search catalogue.   Further reading: The 1918 Rockhampton Flood (JOL blog story from 2011) Myles Sinnamon – Engagement … Read more

2011 Queensland floods – 5th anniversary

Car being submerged in flood waters on Brougham Street in Fairfield, Queensland 2011. Image in copyright. 28585 John Doody 2011 Flood Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 28585-0001-0013

January marks the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Queensland floods which inundated parts of South-East Queensland including the Lockyer Valley, the Darling Downs, Ipswich and Brisbane, claiming the lives of 36 people. State Library of Queensland holds hundred of digitised images documenting the 2011 floods and the massive cleanup that followed as Queenslanders rallied together to provide … Read more

New acquisition: Amanda Gearing Queensland Flood Collection 2011-12

Amanda Gearing speaking at the handover event of her material at the State Library of Queensland, 2012

“I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable…” – T.S. Eliot: Four Quartets Personal narrative has been a powerful way we as humans have articulated the individual and collective experience. Through personal accounts we are able to share many experiences including stories of survival … Read more