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From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

Description
Three black / white photographs of flood debris and flood waters near a railway line. 3102.l has a pile driver 3102.2 shows a gap in the viaduct and 3102.3 shows men with a tractor cleaning up the debris,
Size
H-166mm W-218mm
Object Registration
3102
Keywords
orbost-flood-1971 orbost-viaduct-flood-damage orbost-railway
Historical information
The 1971 flood was the the worst flood on record. At Jarrahmond it was at least 11 metres and up to one and a half kilometres wide on the flats causing enormous damage to the flood plain. Records say that "The brown floodwater stain in Bass Strait could be seen from passing airliners." Considerable damage was done to railway infrastructure, roads and farms. More information from the APRIL, 2008 newsletter by John Phillips. (see orbosthistory.com.au)
The railway line was destroyed and was not expected to be opened for a fortnight. Orbost was cut off by 50 square miles of Snowy River floodwater.
When Made
15th February 1971
Significance
These photographs are pictorial records of the 1971 floods which was a significant event in the history of Orbost. They are also associated with the East Gippsland Railway.
Inscriptions & Markings
3102.1 - on back - "1971 FLOOD REPAIRS TO ORBOST RAILWAY VIADUCT - 15th February 1971. Donated by Audrey Van Den Berg VRH 3693"
3102.2 - on back - " DAMAGE TO RAILWAY VIADUCT ACCUMULATED DEBRIS"
3102.3 - on back - "DAMAGE TO RAILWAY VIADUCT AT ORBOST. CLEAN UP BEGINS"
Last updated
19 Dec 2019 at 11:56AM