Museum of Brisbane

Sunday Stories | The Great Flood of 1893

During 1893 the Great Flood of Brisbane saw 500mm of water fall over 8 days of rain, with the Brisbane River rising 7.2 metres. The Victoria Bridge and the Indooroopilly Railway Bridge were swept away and in Queen Street, many businesses suffered major damage. This image was taken in Queen Street. Residents are seen rowing boats to move through the flooded street. Brisbane suffered approximately £2,000,000 worth of damage. Messages of support and relief funds were received from all over the world as well as Australia. By October 1893 the total amount raised was £83,015.

Thanks to State Library of Queensland and the John Oxley Library.