Bundaberg floods on Flickr Commons
Queensland is no stranger to extreme weather events, especially flooding. State Library is looking back on how floods have shaped Queensland communities through the shared experience of the rising waters across residential and rural areas. Bundaberg, which sits on the banks of the Burnett River is subject to infrequent major flooding, generally following a tropical low-pressure system and heavy rainfall. State Library has curated a collection of images available on Flickr Commons dating as far back as the 1840's of the impact flooding has had on the Bundaberg region.
This curated set brings the region's flood history to life with images such as the delivery of Whittreds Bakery bread and Wit-Bix by boat and a steam train engine powering thought the flooded streets during the 1942 Bundaberg flood.
Also including are images from the 1928 flood such as shown below of a group of people standing on the banks of the Burnett River with the Bundaberg bridge in the background and the Steffensen's confectionery shop with a bus travelling down a flooded street.
State Library of Queensland has more than 1.5 million photographs in its collection dating back to the late 1800s more images on the impact of flooding in Queensland can be found here: