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

Aerial view of the University of Queensland at St Lucia during the 1974 Brisbane flood. Image No. 177196

View more flood images here /coll/qhist/floods

If anyone has any photos of the recent floods that they would be happy to donate to the John Oxley Library, please contact us.


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Hi there,

I hope you are well.

My name is Michaela Barklie and I am the deputy photo editor for the Daily Mail Australia.

We are doing an article showing the floods in Queensland and I have seen some images in your library showing the floods that have happened over the years.
I was hoping we might be able to get your permission to run this image on our website and if possible any other images of the floods that you have archived.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,