Disastrous Decade: Flood and Fire in Windsor 1864 -1874

Disastrous Decade: Flood and Fire in Windsor 1864 -1874

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The impact of the 19th century great flood and fire on the Windsor community.

Disastrous Decade: Flood and Fire in Windsor 1864 -1874

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The early settlers of the Windsor district near Sydney were accustomed to damaging floods from the Hawkesbury River but nothing could have prepared them for what happened in 1867. The River rose nearly 20m and created an inland sea from Windsor to the Blue Mountains. The town was cut off and hundreds of people sought refuge on the remaining higher ground. Unprecedented damage and hardship resulted.

The community had scarcely recovered from this catastrophe when, In 1874, much of Windsor was destroyed in a few hours by fire. Many who had lost their possessions in the great flood suffered again from the fire. The book gives a detailed account of these two dramatic episodes and their impact on the Hawkesbury community. It is a story of destruction, heroism and resilience which has become part of the folk memory of the Hawkesbury.

'The first historical account of events that remain among the great disasters of Australian history.' Prof. Carol Liston

Soft cover, B5, x + 86 pages, illustrations, maps, references, index.

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Short Description The impact of the 19th century great flood and fire on the Windsor community.
Weight (g) 249.0000
Author Michelle Nichols,
Publisher Deerubbin Press
Date Published 2001
ISBN 0958574448
Size 244mm x 170mm

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