I began this blog a year ago today.
26 January is a significant date in Australian history. According to your perspective, it is Australia Day, the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet at Botany Bay, or Invasion Day, the date that began the dispossession of Australia’s Aboriginal people.
I didn’t choose 26 January for either of these reasons. 26 January is also the anniversary of the 1974 Australia Day flood, when Brisbane was flooded. After that, we built a new dam and people said ‘it could never happen again’ – until last January, when it did.
I planned to start writing a blog when I retired, but last year’s flood provoked me into writing my first post – about the Brisbane floods of 1869, 1890, 1893, and 1931.
People forget. I decided last January that my theme would be telling stories to entertain people who enjoy history, but also to remind people that – usually – things have happened in the past, and are likely to happen again. Possibly quite soon. Continue reading