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1916 Flood Monument
1916 Flood Monument
Photographs supplied by Diane Watson
A cement obelisk in the shape of a treestump was constructed in 1979 as a memorial to the victims of the 1916 flood.

On the night of 28 December 1916 when cyclonic waters rushed through the town sweeping houses away, forcing people to clamber up trees to escape the torrent, and drowning at least 65 people. This memorial is found at the town entrance and the height marked is indicative of the water depth of this event. The monument is in the shape of a tree trunk because trees played an important role in saving some lives from the sudden floodwaters.

Location

Address:Drummond & Capricorn Streets, Clermont, 4721
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -22.8175
Long: 147.639167
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Flood
Actual Event STart Date:29-December-1916
Actual Event End Date:29-December-1916
Monument Designer:George Bird

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 26th January, 1980
Front Inscription
CLERMONT FLOOD - DECEMBER 1916. 
FROM 1860 TO 28TH. DECEMBER, 1916, DRUMMOND STREET WAS THE MAIN STREET OF CLERMONT, AND THIS REPLICA OF A TREE MARKS THE CORNER OF DRUMMOND AND CAPRICORN STREETS. ON THURSDAY MORNING, 29TH. DECEMBER, 1916, A WALL OF WATER FROM WOLFGANG CREEK ON TOP OF SANDY CREEK, WHICH WAS ALREADY OVERFLOWING ITS BANKS, BEGAN SWEEPING HOUSES AND SHOPS DOWNSTREAM. THE MAXIMUM HEIGHT WAS APPROXIMATELY THAT SHOWN BY THE MARK ABOVE, AND BY THE TIME THE WATER HAD SUBSIDED NEXT MORNING, SOME SIXTY PEOPLE HAD PERISHED AND CLERMONT HAD BEEN DESTROYED IN ONE OF THE BIGGEST CALAMITIES IN AUSTRALIA UP TO THIS TIME. THE TREE WAS CHOSEN TO MARK THIS EVENT BECAUSE NUMEROUS RESIDENTS WERE RESCUED FROM TREES AFTER THE WATER HAD RECEDED ON FRIDAY MORNING. THE REMAINS OF THE TOWN WERE SHIFTED TO HIGHER GROUND WHERE CLERMONT NOW STANDS, AND THIS PLAQUE AND THE ONE OPPOSITE COMMEMORATE THE NAMES OF THOSE LOST IN THIS DISASTROUS FLOOD.
Source: MA
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