Damming the ‘Flood Evil’ on the Brisbane River

Cook, Margaret (2016) Damming the ‘Flood Evil’ on the Brisbane River. History Australia, 13 4: 540-556. doi:10.1080/14490854.2016.1231161

Author Cook, Margaret
Title Damming the ‘Flood Evil’ on the Brisbane River
Journal name History Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1833-4881
Publication date 2016-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14490854.2016.1231161
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Start page 540
End page 556
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Taylor & Francis Australasia
Language eng
Abstract When early in 1893 two severe floods devastated Brisbane, Australia, its citizens demanded flood prevention. This article explores the responses to these floods as engineers sought measures to control the river with technology. I argue that local factors of drought, economics and politics delayed a decision for 40 years. It was not until the 1930s Depression, when the State sought unemployment relief projects and the expanding urban settlement demanded water supply that the benefits finally outweighed the cost of dam construction. In 1935 the government finally sanctioned building Somerset Dam, the first Australian dam to combine water supply and flood mitigation. This article has been peer reviewed.
Keyword Brisbane River
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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