StateLibQld 2 256212 Workers washing clothes damaged in the flood, Brisbane, 1893
Workers washing clothes damaged in the flood, Brisbane, 1893
Workers are outside the D. L. Brown & Co. building in Short Street. Large tubs of water are spread around the area for people to wash the clothes in. There are many lines strung around the yard with clothes pegged out to dry.
February 4 1893 saw the highest floods on record in Brisbane and elsewhere; 6ft water in Edward Street at the Courier Buildings, hundreds of houses washed down river, trees uprooted and shipping torn from moorings. The Indooroopilly Bridge was washed away and the northern end of Victoria Bridge disappeared. Floodwaters rose at Brisbane to 23 feet 9 inches above mean spring tide and 10 feet over the previous highest flood mark (1890).