Sunday, March 22, 2009


Near Julia Creek, Queensland

Sheltering in an old ship's boiler perhaps...Karumba

The hardship for these creatures, Karumba

Welcome to Normanton

Barkley Highway, Soudan Station

A Road train


Cloncurry, the spinifex clad red rubble hills

I was born in this little town in the Far North of Queensland, Normanton, which has been isolated for some time. Growing up and working in the far north I can relate to the water and brings back many memories. The scale of the areas under water is millions and millions of acres.

My nieces sent me these photographs and do not know their sources to give the credit to but these photos enscapulate the feelings and events of the north during the floods of this year and have enclosed a couple of the flood images with credit to their authors.


Blogger diane said...

One doesn't realize how bad it is until you see it like this. It must give you an unsettling feeling since you come from there.

March 22, 2009 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Lizzie's Insomnia said...

Yes Diane, although my brothers live there and I have lived through the flooded north in the wet and we always had supplies for six months and a huge vegetable garden. My brothers did suggest that if you live in this area this is a part of life and is to be expected and were cringing a little at the winge factor and the cry for handouts. The cattle losses I believe are horrendous. When my father was managing a large station between Normanton and the coast fences were not strung everywhere as I believe is the case now... they knew every few years the waters would cover the country. A bullock paddock was usually fenced on the highest ground...the cattle were mustered in the "wet" when they migrated to the sand ridges and the mustering was uncomfortable and mosquito ridden...used to burn the dung at night and green branches to make smoke so that the mossies would be kept at bay. These days I believe the Gulf properties are shut down for the "wet" even the smaller "wets".The properties belonged to Angliss, and Kidman partnership when my father was a manager...I will do a story on that shortly when I locate some of the old photographs.

I may be off track but in the past years the waters have risen to phenominal heights but perhaps these waters are higher..I will investigate further at the flood heights in comparison to the 40's 50's 60's and 70's.

March 27, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

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