In January of 2011 Ipswich and many other Queensland cities and towns were inundated with a deluge of water nearly equal to that which occurred in 1974. This week, Ipswich will commemorate the great deeds and community spirit that was seen during their time of hardship. On Wednesday the 11th of January Ipswich will hold two Community Commemorations, at the River Heart Parklands, Ipswich from 5:30 to 6:30pm and the Alf Harris Park, Goodna from 10:00 to 11:00am.
The year that followed this traumatic event was one filled with community spirit, resilience and amazing displays of support from people all over the world. As the flood receded, Ipswich residents realised the powerful impact water can have on one city, and began their journey to repair the damage together. Photos that were taken during this time depicted scenes of strangers helping to comfort and repair lives and homes within the Ipswich area, working together to remove all traces of what was left behind by the flood.
Many of the amazing stories and photographs of spirit and strength were told and published in a number of books, which can be borrowed from the Ipswich Library, including: “Flashback: SE QLD flood event January 2011“; “Flood: Stories and images from the ABC of survival, loss and courage“; and “Flood horror and tragedy“.
The Ipswich Library and Information Service is capturing a lasting record of this event through a collection of photographs from those who experienced and witnessed the immense community spirit. If you are willing to have your images of the 2011 flood added to the Picture Ipswich Collection, please contact our Digital Archivist on 3810 7272.
Information taken from the Ipswich City Council website.