Hawkesbury floods 1867

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This summer in Australia has been a big one with cyclones, extensive floods, and stories of rescue and loss.  In 1867, floods north of Sydney caused significant loss of life and damage to properties, farmland and public buildings.  The 1867 floods occurred in the middle of winter.  The contrast between our present capacity to quickly respond to calls of distress via mobile phones and with helicopter rescues is stark.
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Mr G. S. Hall, jun., has forwarded us the following   particulars of the trip of the steamer Sir John Young, on a relief expedition down the Hawkesbury – the distress and suffering therein described are truly heartrending:

” Having had a good deal to do with the late trip of the Sir John Young steamer,  from Windsor down the Hawkesbury, I ask to trespass a little on your space while I give a succinct account of what we did, and what we saw. On the afternoon of Monday, the 24th June, at a meeting of the local Relief Committee, I proposed to take tho steamer on a relieving expedition, and it was decided to send her down the river with supplies for the relief of the numerous families who were believed, and with too much reason, to be in urgent need. Charge of the trip was given to Mr. Moses and myself, and by authority of the committee the steamer was freighted with three tons of flour, two bodies of beef, 200 loaves of bread, and a quantity of blankets.

……… we relieved a large number of persons who were camped among the rooks, and declared they had not a bite to eat till we arrived. …………..

as those above detailed which made me anxious to keep the steamer on the river for a few weeks after the floods subsided – for I feel sure she would have been of incalculable service to the settlers, and I very much regret that the   committee should have thought differently on the subject.

A list of people and premises affected by this particular flood is included in the article.


2 Comments on “Hawkesbury floods 1867”

  1. geniaus says:

    Thanks for this Lynn. I am doing a talk on blogging at Hawkesbury Library in March 2013 and was searching for relevant blog posts to show. Consider yourself showcased.

    Jill


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