Floods in the Hunter
ABC Radio 1233 Broadcast – 19 June 2007 1.30pm
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Guest: Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, University of Newcastle
The recent devastating storms and floods and the beaching of the coal ship the Pasha Bulker has again drawn focus to the subject of flooding in the Hunter Region. I have been involved with the Coal River Working Party and the re-discovery of the the birthplace of the Australian coal mining industry in the long lost convict mines of Newcastle. Such work has made us very aware of the importance of the Region with regards to the climate change debate and where we choose to head in the future. I was therefore very interested in ascertaining from the historical record to what extent flooding was a natural and ongoing feature of the landscape and to what degree was climate change a factor in the current intensity of storms. The Hunter Region has a long history of recorded floods from Aboriginal dreaming stories to the earliest records of the white settlers dating from 1818-1820 to the present. Click for the complete “Floods in the Hunter” Broadcast Notes by Gionni Di Gravio
1801 – Barrallier Survey
“COAL HARBOUR and RIVERS on the Coast of New South Wales Surveyed by ENSIGN BARRALLIER In His Majesty’s Armed Surveying Vessell – LADY NELSON. LIEUT JAMES GRANT Commander In june and july 1801 By Order of GOVERNOR KING. Recently re-discovered in its complete form by the University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party.
1870 – Floods in the Hunter Report – Testimony of John Eckford
Full title: Floods in the Hunter: report of Commission appointed to organise into and report respecting floods in the district of The Hunter River. Sydney: Thomas Richards, Govt. Printer, 1870.
1893 Flood Photographs – Click “View all Images” to view slideshow
From Memento of Maitland floods, March 1893, May 1913 : 24 views. [Maitland, N.S.W. : s.n., 1913?] (Maitland : T.Dimmock). Cultural Coll/RB 551.48909944 MEME
1908 Flooding in Newcastle
From: Newcastle & Hunter District Historical Society Archives.
Photograph A8804/P441 Newcastle West Flood in Steel Street (off Hunter Street) in 1908.
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Record Rainfall – Twelve Inches Registered – Flooding in Newcastle – Rescue in Boats
– Newcastle Herald 25 February 1908
1913 Flood Photographs – Click “View all Images” to view slideshow
From: Souvenir of the Maitland flood 1913. Newcastle, N.S.W. : Davies & Cannington, . Cultural Coll/RB 551.48909944 SOUV
1955 Flood – South Maitland Railways – 1955 Flood Photographs
From: South Maitland Railways Limited Archives: A5578 (xiii) Photographs of floods 1955 and locomotives.