Monday, June 1, 2009

June Theme Day: Feet

This white wall is part of Naldham House on Eagle Street, home to the Australasian United Steam Company, now known more commonly as The Polo Club. It was opened in 1889 and so has first-hand experience of Brisbane's three great floods... with markers on the wall to prove it: from the bottom up: 1896, 1974 and way up there is 1893. Accounts of the 1893 flood are biblical in proportion. All sorts of debris floated down the river. Houses, lifted off their stumps and furniture crashed loudly into the Victoria Bridge causing half of it to be washed away. The Indooroopilly Railway bridge was carried away too.

So what's this all got to do with feet?
Well in 1893, Edward Street in the city was under 8 feet of water and the official level in the city was 23 feet and 9 inches above the mean spring tide. This marker here at the Polo Club looks like it's about 17 feet but I didn't have my tape measure with me.


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Posting magically continues despite me being on me hols. Back in late June.

4 comments:

Babooshka said...

Definitely a cute choice for the theme.

Leif Hagen said...

Aussie feet! Friendly feet! Sandled, summer feet! Feet on the street! Holding hands and walking feet! Brisbane FEET! Regards from EAGAN daily photo in Minnesota, USA

Julie said...

Clever response to the theme, Cara. Fascinating to see the height of that 1893 flood. Must have been exceptionally scary.

Jilly said...

Goodness, that was some flood! Double whammy of 'feet' from you. Great choices!

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