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Booroodabin Bowls Club Awash in January 2011EARLY on a beautiful sunny 13 January 2011, you’d never imagine that Brisbane was in flood, but as pretty as Newstead’s Booroodabin Bowls Club looked, its green was awash.

Sailing-BreakfastCkRd-Newstead-1893-floodsSix months after this extraordinary natural event, Brisbane’s Radio 612 ABC staged an outside broadcast from this very spot.

Presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine interviewed Gerard Benjamin about how Newstead fared, and how water levels compared with the 1974 flood, and its much bigger predecessor in 1893.

Despite radio’s visual limitations, Gerard succeeded in describing the gist of photos such as this marvellous 1893 scene (above) of a sailboat in motion on Breakfast Creek Road, only a few hundred yards from where the outdoor broadcast was taking place.

No doubt in 100 years time, the historically-minded will dust off their digital images of January 2011’s flood, and consider them to be ‘historical gold’, for showing how the city looked in that era.

Booroodabin outside radio broadcast

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