1916 flood of Clermont commemorated

Guest blogger: Isaac Regional Council

Clermont Historical Centre and the Isaac Regional Council commemorated the centenary of the 1916 Clermont flood with an exhibition in 2016 -  ‘A Flood of Memories’.

Flood damage long Drummond St looking towards Hoods Lagoon. Photo by Gordon Pullar.

Flood damage long Drummond St looking towards Hoods Lagoon. Photo by Gordon Pullar.

Clermont is a small rural Queensland town, 380 kms west of Rockhampton in central Queensland. It first came into prominence in the 1860’s when gold was first discovered.
The exhibition included photographs, stories and memorabilia donated by Clermont families and businesses, outlining the story of the deadliest floods in Australian history.

Many of the black and white images that featured in the exhibition were  photographed by Gordon Pullar. He was a resident of Clermont at the time. His amazing imagery captured the original town of Clermont, the height of the flood and the destruction left in its wake.

A booklet Views of Clermont – Before and After the Flood, published in 1917 was also featured.

Views of Clermont : before and after. Compiled by S.T. Douglas

Views of Clermont : before and after. Compiled by S.T. Douglas

The exhibition honoured the lives lost in the flood, (more than 60) and celebrated the true grit of the Clermont community to rebuild after such a tragedy in the township.

Tianna Graham, Isaac Regional Council

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very scary

My grandfather saved people in that flood. His house was on higher land & he was swimming out & saving people. He used to save people at Bondi Beach so he was a good swimmer. His name was James Godwin