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black and white photograph

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

Description
A black / white photograph of floodwaters. In the middle of the water can be see debris including a large spoked wheel. In the background are houses and fences.
Size
H-107mm W-144mm
Object Registration
3252
Keywords
orbost-flood-1934 flood-orbost
Historical information
From The Argus (Melbourne) on January 10 1934 "Damage estimated at £500,000 has been caused by the floods in the Orbost district. No loss of life occurred, largely owing to the heroic efforts of rescue parties. Many families spent Monday night on the roofs of houses or in trees, surrounded by deep, rushing flood waters."
This 1934 flood was devastating, destroying a section of the 1922 Orbost bridge - the centre span was washed away -. wrecking fences, bridges and roads, dumping silt and debris on the rich river flats and drowning cattle.

When Made
January 1934
Made By
Gilbert, Penuel (Mrs Frank Richardson) (Maker)
Significance
This is a pictorial record of the 1934 flood, a significant event in the history of Orbost.
Inscriptions & Markings
on back - "near Hilyer's garage at foot of hill Main Street Caravan Park on right"
on front at bottom left - "1934"
Last updated
29 May 2020 at 12:57PM