Souvenir of Floods: Southern Queensland, February, 1893 - Digitised @ SLQ

Steamer in Queen Street, Brisbane, February 19. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Steamer in Queen Street, Brisbane, February 19. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Souvenir of floods: Southern Queensland, February, 1893 was published by the Telegraph Newspaper Company following the devastation caused by the floods. The commemorative booklet contains sketches which were initially featured in The Telegraph and The Week newspapers during the disaster.

Front cover - 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'

Front cover - 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'

In their April 21, 1893 edition, The Telegraph reported that demand for the publication had been so great a limited second edition of souvenir booklets had been commissioned.

The Governor's visit to South Brisbane. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The Governor's visit to South Brisbane. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Wharf Street, Maryborough.  Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893.' John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Wharf Street, Maryborough.  Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893.' John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Brisbane Street, Ipswich on February 5, 1893. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Brisbane Street, Ipswich on February 5, 1893. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Yacht Harriet in Main Street, Kangaroo Point, February 5, 1893. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Yacht Harriet in Main Street, Kangaroo Point, February 5, 1893. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Victoria Bridge during the 1893 floods. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Victoria Bridge during the 1893 floods. Sketch from 'Souvenir of floods : Southern Queensland, February, 1893'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Souvenir of floods: Southern Queensland, February, 1893 has been digitised by SLQ and is available to view online.

The State Library of Queensland also holds an extensive collection of photographs covering the 1893 floods, some of which can be viewed through our One Search catalogue.

Wooden boat being used to ferry pedestrians in Brisbane's 1893 floods. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image API-033-01-0003

Wooden boat being used to ferry pedestrians in Brisbane's 1893 floods. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image API-033-01-0003

Myles Sinnamon - Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland

 

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Good article, thanks MylesBTW -- photo 8 "Wooden boat being used ..." is looking up Edward Street to Spring Hill from Queen Street -- Finney Isles at left (now the site of Queen's Plaza) and Courier Building at right (now the site of the Commonwealth Bank)

The steamer in Queen Street is “The Foam" a 6 H.P. Tug Boat. My great, great grandmother, Mrs. Wilhelmine Schwemer of Prospect Street, Kangaroo Point owned this boat around 1909. An article in the Courier-Mail for Thursday 19 May 1938 mentioned that during the 1893 flood the crew of the steam launch “Foam” steamed her up Edward Street, into the vestibule of the old Courier Building at the corner of Queen and Edwards Streets where her photograph was taken. This print was sketched from the original photo.