Queanbeyan floods of 1976 flashback photographs from Fairfax archives

In October 1976, the Queanbeyan Age reported on widespread flooding throughout the city for the second time in two years.

At the time, SES director Max Morton said the situation was “no-where near the situation we had in 1974”. He said the flood level was 15cm lower than the level two years earlier.

“There was a feeling of stoic determination in the town to which [mayor] Alderman Land added some light relief with his comment, ‘A higher authority considered we weren’t such a sin-city after all’,” a Queanbeyan Age reporter wrote.

The damage bill was $115,808, the paper reported, and the flood appeal at the time raised about $2100. (According to the RBA inflation calculator, in today’s dollars the damage bill would have been close to $700,000, with the flood appeal bringing in about $12,000.)

Days later, the Age reported on the clean-up efforts. 

“Beside the winding river, residents were shovelling and hosing thick mud from in and around their homes,” the newspaper report reads.

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