Flood images always popular
It’s funny how weather has a unifying effect on people. We all run around living our own lives, with our own individual excitements, worries and experiences, but when weather conditions turn extreme, we are all united in this common experience.
Living in a tropical state, we are no strangers to cyclones and floods, and these topics are a perennial favourite with users of John Oxley Library’s collections. The term ‘floods’ is one of the most popular search terms used on the Picture Queensland image database. The top ten most frequently viewed images on Picture Queensland (with between 2 and 5 views per day) are listed below. Seven of these are flood images.
1 Aerial view of the University of Queensland at St Lucia during the 1974 Brisbane flood
2 Severe flooding at Yeronga during the 1974 Brisbane flood
3 Aerial view of South Brisbane during the 1974 flood
4 Flooded backyard at Oxley, Brisbane, 1974
5 Brisbane during the 1974 flood
6 Aerial view of Brisbane city under floodwaters, January 1974
7 Pencil seller photographed during the Great Depression, ca. 1932
8 Looking along Albert Street during the 1974 Brisbane flood
9 Relief workers at Annerley during the Great Depression, 1938
10 Advertisement for evening gowns from Allan & Stark's, 1900