The Great London Beer Flood

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My review on the Great Dangaroo Flood introduced my reader to a memorial plaque in Old Compton Street, Soho commemorating a totally fictional flood. This review covers another great London flood which, while sounding equally fanciful, was a real event. I refer to the Great London Beer Flood.

At around 6pm on 17 October 1814 a 15 feet high tsunami of around 1.5million litres of beer unleashed itself from the Horse Shoe Brewery (depicted above in the mid 1800s), owned by Messrs Henry Meux and Co, in the St Giles district of London – the present day site of the Dominion Theatre. Continue reading “The Great London Beer Flood”

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The Great Dangaroo Flood

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While probing the east end of Old Compton Street in search of evidence of the former Little Compton Street I happened to look up and spy a brass plaque, attached about 4 metres from the ground, on Number 7.

Squinting my eyes somewhat I was able to ascertain that the plaque marked the high water mark in the Great Dangaroo Flood, an event that heretofore I had never heard of. The plaque left me somewhat mesmerised and further investigation ensued. Continue reading “The Great Dangaroo Flood”

Yarri and the Great Flood of 1852

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Located along Sheridan Lane by Morley’s Creek are a number of reminders of the 1852 flood in Gundagai.

Europeans began settling in Gundagai in the 1820s. Ignoring the advice of the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal people, they established and developed the town on the low-lying alluvial flats between the Murrumbidgee River and Morley’s Creek – that large expanse of lowland (floodplain) between the river and today’s town which you can see traversed by the Prince Alfred Bridge and the Old Railway Bridge (picture 5). Continue reading “Yarri and the Great Flood of 1852”