1893 Brisbane Flood Newspaper Report - 7 February 1893

Sections: Victoria Br Kangaroo Pt Sth Brisbane Botanic Gdns New Farm Newstead Albion Oxley Dist Milton Incidents

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The return of fine weather yesterday morning was hailed with delight, but the earliest news of the day was of a most disastrous character. One half of the fine bridge, which united North and South Brisbane was swept away by the fury of the torrent, at the very time when the waters had begun to recede, and the loss and inconvenience which will thus be occasioned can scarcely be imagined.

Yesterday the isolation was so complete that flag signals were made, though one or two adventurous persons crossed safely in boats, landing on this side far below the spot at which their voyage began. The news received from Kangaroo Point is of a most distressing character, and it is evident that when communication by ferry is restored we shall hear of enormous losses of private property in every street of the lower portion of South Brisbane.

Until the flood subsides - and we are thankful to be able to state that there is a marked diminution in the volume of water now coming down the river - but little can be done towards relieving the distressed.

It will be impossible to chronicle one tithe of the charitable actions which have been done during the flood; equally impossible is it to name those who did them; but it has been one of the few consolations of this unhappy time to see so many Good Samaritans abroad helping their afflicted brethren.

One of the first things which the mayor did was to throw open the Town Hall to those who were absolutely in distress, and there are now probably forty or fifty people assembled there. Many of them have lost their all, and their only consolation at the present time is that they have a dry roof over them and enough food to eat. Unhappily there is reason to fear that there are many others who have not even those things.

All day yesterday the waters slowly but steadily receded, and at midnight they had fallen eight or nine feet below the highest point reached, and Queen Street was clear from end to end.

The number of people who thronged the streets all day was most remarkable. Here and there were to be seen those who bore traces of exposure and loss, but as a rule the people to be met were sight-seers. The omnibuses were crowded, and on some lines the returns were larger than they have been for many a day.

The waters still covered portions of Queen Street to sufficient depth to prevent entrance to most of the establishments flooded, and it was a matter of impossibility to arrive at anything like a probable estimate of the losses sustained by merchants and others.

Before the breakfast hour the entrance to the Courier Building was free of water, and although Queen Street, from Edward Street to past the Opera House was still submerged, the depth was not too great to prevent buses and other vehicles from making the journey over. In the course of the forenoon, however, a drain in the street collapsed, and further vehicular traffic was stopped. A corporation boat subsequently plied between the two points.

At the submerged portion of the lower end of Queen Street boats were plying all day. As the waters receded in the principal streets the corporation employees at once began to sweep away the mud which was left behind. This work, aided by the thunder-shower of last night, will doubtless be followed up to-day. Much will remain to be done in washing out and thoroughly disinfecting the premises where the flood water has been and it is hoped that the activity which accomplished so much after the 1890 flood will be surpassed in the far greater calamity which has now overtaken the city.


The worst fears which were entertained for the safety of the Victoria Bridge have been realized, as we have already briefly announced for it is our painful duty to record the fact that the structure has been completely wrecked. The disaster took place about 4 a.m. yesterday at which time there was a crowd gathered on the dry land at the bridge approaches.

Gallantly as the structure had resisted the enormous weight of water rushing against it all day, when the first inroad was made it soon succumbed. The first portion to go was the second or third span, where the flood waters had probably been running the strongest. There was one loud crash, which shook the very earth, and made the surrounding buildings shake to their foundations; one convulsive heave, and the wrecked portion went down the river.

Soon other pieces followed it, until before half an hour had elapsed fully one-half of the bridge had disappeared. The waters did their work completely. No disjointed masonry was left standing; no twisted ironwork and broken woodwork marked the spot where the structure once stood.

Of the northern half of the bridge not a vestige was left. The structure had broken off almost in the centre, as sharp and as clean as it could have been by workmen employed for the purpose. With the destruction of the bridge the telegraph and the telephone wires went, so that communication will have to be carried on by means of boats.

Several hundreds of persons witnessed the destruction of the bridge. Amongst them were Messrs S. Price, Bostrom, and Sneyd, who had occasion to leave Messrs Stewart and Hemmant's warehouse about half-past 8, and who went in the direction of Victoria Bridge. When they neared the bridge they found the railings piled high with debris, and shortly afterwards the bridge gave way in the middle.

Seven distinct crashes were heard as span after span of the structure collapsed. The water was thrown to a great height as the bridge fell into it, and the telegraph wires snapped with such force to shatter the insulators, and a small portion of the bank on the north and of the bridge fell in. The collapse is stated to have occurred at ten minutes to 4 o'clock.

The two punts already referred to as having been washed down the river on Sunday, and lodged against the bridge, disappeared and the night. One of them, the largest, was smashed up and swept under the bridge, and the other is reported to have shared a similar fate.


Sad indeed were the vigils of the people of Kangaroo Point on Saturday night. As the bells on the steamers tolled the hours anxiety increased, for with the departure of each hour the inroads of the river grew by feet.

Apprehensive, yet apparently unmindful of their own danger, families piled the last of their furniture first on to tables and then raised them by degrees as the water level rose in the hope that with the receding tide in the early morning the flood would subside.

But inch by inch the water grow upon them until at last they were forced to forsake their little all and take to the rescue boats which plied with difficulty for the current was strong and the piles of debris which came down and floated from the town reach across the narrow neck of land made it extremely dangerous to be about.

Many refused either advice or assistance even when the water threatened to dislodge them from their roofs; some, notwithstanding their protestations, were made to regard their own lives, and were forced into the boats. "The flood of '90 only came to the height of the table," they would remark, and nothing could persuade them that the disasters of the past could be eclipsed.

Others when driven from their own houses sought refuge in the next higher, and so by degrees were driven to the high land, which commenced at the corner of the Kangaroo Point Hotel.

In all the streets running at right angles with Main Street and opening on to the river a similar state of affairs existed, and in the majority the lowest houses were entirely covered. Indeed in Ferry Street and Prospect Street the water reached to within 100 yards of Main Street.

By midnight rescue work was at its full. The police, aided by many of the youths, doing their utmost, and unmindful of danger to themselves went wherever cries summoned them. The scene was one that must live for ever in the memories of those who witnessed it. Women clad in the scantiest of raiment and in many cases bearing children in their arms, were dragged out dripping wet from the boats and herded under the few verandas until some haven could be found for them.

The waitings of women and children, the shouts of the spectators, and the cries of distressed animals rose above even the roar of the river, which ruthlessly swept away the savings of lifetimes and the little all of hundreds.

A crash against the boats in the river told that a house had come into contact with the bows of the vessels, and for the moment all eyes strained to see if the ship had been parted from her moorings. The position of the ship's lights was all that indicated that the damage done in this direction was trifling, for though the vessel would shoot back a short distance the anchors evidentlyheld, except in the case of the Konoowarra, which was driven over on the New Farm bank, where she remained until yesterday morning among the bushes.

A dozen or so lamps hung at various points shed a sickly light over the devastated area, and the heavy drenching rain made a fitting accompaniment to the sad surroundings. Shops, houses, and the Immigration Barracks, themselves surrounded by water, were thrown open, and by degrees the groups of sorrowing humanity were given shelter from the elements. The worthy town clerk (Mr W. H. G. Marshall), the Harbour Master, (Captain Mackay), the police under Sergeant Kelly, the firemen, and volunteers did good work, for the most part adopting the rule of saving life and not property.

Some excitement was caused when the cry went up that the steamer Belle had broken away from her moorings. A crash was heard shortly after she had rounded the Point, and it was presumed she had struck one of the vessels lying in the New Farm reach and had sunk with her four hands. During Sunday, however, a report reached Kangaroo Point that she was lying safe at Eagle Farm, but the source of this statement could not be traced. Later in the night the Natone went down the river, but she steered clear of the steamers and now lies on Eagle Farm Flats.

Sunday morning in Brisbane never dawned, on so much desolation.

It was only then that the full extent of the cruel waters' work could be gauged. Houses which when forsaken were but covered to the roof, had been lifted out of position, in many cases being deposited in the street. As the morning wore on the masses of debris shifted the buildings further until they toppled right over and passed away with others down the mighty stream.

At about 11 o'clock a clump of bamboos torn up by the roots from the gardens drifted on to the Boko's bows, causing that vessel to part from her moorings, but no harm fortunately befell her. A similar accident happened to the Lady Musgrave, but she too escaped injury.

Towards noon a portion of Peacock's Jam Factory went, and the large sheds on Gibbs, Bright's wharf partly collapsed. As if to keep company with its neighbours, a house owned by Sergeant Colclough also slipped away. Hundreds of people had by this time assembled at the water's edge in Main Street, but by far the larger number paraded or seated themselves on the many points of vantage to be found on River-terrace, there to watch the havoc of the flood.

Many sat the whole day expecting to see the curator's residence in the gardens go but the structure settled down at the two ends, the middle part remaining intact, and nothing would shift it further.

About 4 o'clock the sound of many whistles told that something was wrong. Hundreds of eyes were immediately turned towards the river, and it was soon seen that the dredge plant had broken adrift. This included the large dredges Groper and Hydra, a clamshell dredge, three steam-barges, and the pilot steamer Advance. For some reason steam had only been got up in two of the vessels, and as a consequence they drifted, down at a very smart pace.

The Pippo, which had evidently been in readiness, immediately steamed away to give warning to the vessels moored in the river, and almost in a twinkling was lost to view by those standing on River-terrace. There was, of course, a general stampede to the Point, but only those mounted on horses reached this place in time to see them go round.

In the meantime the bunch of vessels had parted company. The Groper, which had with her one of the steam-barges, was the first round, a fact due apparently to the failure of the crew to get out a second anchor. It was plain from the shouting and the activity on board that this foaling of chains was giving some trouble, and the wonder is that with so little to steady her she passed the large steamers with safety. The Hydra, with the Advance and other boats, was quite five minutes longer in getting round, and steadied by three anchors, glided quite gracefully with the current.

The fact that only two of the steamboats in the group had steam up was commented upon, but it was afterwards explained that they had very little coal on board. These vessels yesterday afternoon were reported to be safely moored in Bulimba Reach. Scarcely had the excitement subsided when the cry went up, "The baths have gone," and a moment later the large structure which in times of peace lay moored near the Edward Street ferry was seen to crash into the veranda attached to the sheds on the Norman wharf, tearing away large portions of the awning.

This collision diverted the course of the baths, and undoubtedly saved the large ship Penthesiles, lying at D. L. Brown's wharf. The steamer Mystery steamed down to give warning of this break away. Almost immediately afterwards two coal punts broke loose from the Garden Reach, and were preceded by the Midge, which also carried boats.

Nothing farther of importance happened among the shipping, but the greatest apprehension was felt for the safety of the large vessels lying in the New Farm Reach as well as for the steamer Maranoa, which was berthed at the Kangaroo Point workshops' wharf of the A.U.S.N. Company.

On the latter were either one or two families, and since she, had no steam to assist her in stemming the current, it was feared she must go. Additional lines were put out at intervals, and, as it fortunately proved, she stood the test. The others kept steamingslowly ahead, and thus eased their anchor lines. Their greatest danger lay in the drifting obstacles. 

Thanks to the energy of Mr W. H. G. Marshall and the hands engaged at the ferries all the ferry plant was saved, a fact of some importance now that the bridge has collapsed. During the evening a report gained currency that the foundations of the Immigration Depot were unsound, and something like a panic ensuing it was decided to remove all those who had sought refuge there to terra firma, which was done without mishap.

When day closed on the scene rain poured in torrents. There was, however, none of the bustle or excitement of the previous night. All was quiet except for the roar of the torrent and the conversation of the little crowd who elected to remain at the water's edge and discuss the probabilities of the issue while watching the receding flood.

The sight of masses of house timber, and the vacant spaces along the street alignment as marked by the remaining tenements had been the day picture; the slumbering families in the churches, schools, and shops furnished another phase. When visited at night many had already rolled themselves in blankets, in the majority of cases furnished by the Immigration authorities, and sought sleep on the hard flooring boards; others were partaking of food supplied by the residents and under the authority of the Town Clerk.

Fortunately there was no scarcity of provisions. A pleasing feature of the visit was the fact that in a large number of cases the homeless people when questioned forgot their own trouble to eulogize the conduct of their benefactors. Many of the residents threw their houses open, and not a single instance is recorded where shelter was refused when asked for.

Certain reports were circulated which reflected unfavorably upon two custodians of public property, but the statements were of so contradictory a nature as to lead one to suppose that someone had either made a mistake or was prejudiced. The fact that no lives were lost furnishes good evidence to the efficiency of the police, and a source of gratification to all.

It was, of course, impossible up to the time our reporter left the scene - 2 p.m. - to ascertain details of loss, but it was generally believed that the heaviest losers will be Messrs Sutton and Co., Evans, Anderson, and Phelan, Messrs George Bond, James Edwards, Newman-Wilson, and A. Daveney.

Among the houses swept away were several built of brick, and on the best authority it is stated that not one resident flooded out had removed any furniture. This statement is strengthened by the fact that in no place was removed goods to be seen. Thus while in amount the losses may be disproportionate, in effect they will be just as heavily felt by the one as the other.

Several reports were circulated concerning loss of life. One person stated he had seen a house go down with three women and two children clinging to the roof and crying for help; another saw a man float down stream on a log, and when opposite Garden Point threw up his arms and disappear; while another declared that he had seen a man go down on a horse. Similar sensational statements were made by others, but nothing corroborative could be obtained. Some at least of the ghastly stories circulated are known to be without foundation.


Bad as Kangaroo Point undoubtedly is, South Brisbane is worse. To walk along the embankment which carries the Melbourne Street line and view the work of demolition that has taken place during the past few days, makes one's heart ache. No need to go further than the terminus of the line to see how completely wrecked has been the miniature city which fringes the river from the Dry Docks right round to the western slopes of Highgate Hill.

As far as the eye could reach yesterday nothing but disaster and misery was apparent. Hundreds of houses carried by the mad rush of the waters have undoubtedly found their way seaward; quite as many now lie in ruins and piled on each other form striking monuments of the greatest disaster that has ever befallen Brisbane.

Some had been carried from West End into Stanley Street, there to partially block the progress of the boats that plied on the waters.

Indeed, it was asserted yesterday that only twenty-five houses remained intact in that locality. Stanley Street itself is virtually in ruins; certainly one-half the buildings which lined the thoroughfare have either disappeared or have been forced into such positions as to render their tenancy doubtful. Great damage has been done at the Dry Docks, where nearly the whole of the buildings have been washed away, and it is to be feared that little remains to mark the spot where McGhie, Luya's Saw-mill stood.

Here and there sheets of iron removed from tenements still standing show how the dwellers had been driven to the roof before they were rescued from the flood. The high railway embankment prevented dozens of houses from floating away, but judging from their appearance yesterday not one will be of other use than for firewood.

The arches were similarly blocked. Among the debris was every conceivable article of household furniture and merchandise. All along the line were odds and ends picked up by the gangs of young wreckers who, moving about on improvised rafts, infested the locality.

The railway station and the municipal chambers had been converted into relief depots, and everything possible was being done by the authorities. One of the most active of South Brisbane aldermen was Mr William Stephens, who, if not pulling in a boat, was carrying round provisions.

The police and harbour authorities had boats out, and served supplies to isolated people through second and third story windows. It was feared there had been a great loss of life on the South side, but up to 1 p.m. no bodies had been recovered, nor are they likely to be until the waters have sub-sided.

As showing the extent of the flood waters, it may be mentioned that Stanley Street was inundated to within a few yards of the old Railway Station gates, and that wagons filled with coal standing at the platform were almost covered.


The Botanic Gardens yesterday presented a deplorable sight, and the magnitude of the destruction will become more apparent as the waters subside. The flood waters in places reached the path leading from the George street entrance, and completely covered the whole of the lower portion and perhaps three fourths of the ground.

The water extended in one sheet from the bank above the fountain, near the George Street entrance, to the river. The upper part of the gardens evidently experienced the full force of the current.

Here large holes have been torn in some parts of the ground, while in others banks of sand have accumulated. The propagating-house has withstood the flood, being comparatively out of the track of the current, though unfortunately the plants cannot but be almost totally destroyed.

Towards Garden Point a great amount of devastation has been done. The water rose to some height on the kiosk, and must have surrounded the bottom of the aviary near at hand. The upper portion of the bush house escaped, but the lower portion is considerably damaged. A brick building containing a large number of valuable pot-plants have been partially shifted, and the plants and pots swept to the ground, so that a large proportion, if not all, are now useless.

The house lately built for the curator of the gardens, Mr McMahon, has been completely wrecked. The house was washed off some of the stumps, and a portion of it has given way. The windows, railings, and other parts are smashed, and it seems impossible to restore it to its former position without rebuilding. The stables, kitchen, and other outhouses are all destroyed. Fortunately, Mr McMahon was not residing in the place when the flood reached it.


The flood waters at New Farm, as elsewhere, have been gradually decreasing all day, and the water is now not within some feet of its depth of yesterday.

The residences on the old racecourse, which were on Sunday completely submerged, can be seen just above the water, as also can numerous kinds of vehicles which were overtaken by the waters. As before stated, most of the residents had prepared for the flood and consequently not so much devastation has been wrought here as in other districts.

The Sugar Refinery Company's unfinished building is apparently intact, but though they are on the highest part of the old racecourse the whole of the building was surrounded to a depth of some 7ft. or 8ft. Most of the residences in the higher-portions of the district which were threatened with an invasion are now apparently out of all danger unless the river rises again, which is not thought likely.

The way in which the neighbours helped one another cannot be too highly praised, as it was with great difficulty that some of the residents could be prevailed upon to forsake their homes. Fortunately they yielded to the solicitations, as otherwise there would have been a great loss of life, but no deaths have been reported up to the present.


The flood waters which had accumulated in the Fortitude Valley and Newstead districts have been gradually receding all day.

Portions of nearly all the houses throughout the districts can be seen, but notwithstanding there is a vast amount of water there still, to a great depth in some places. The officers of the Booroodabin Divisional Board and the Salvation Army have been the means of saving a great amount of loss; both to life and property, and the heartfelt thanks of the whole of the districts are due to them.

From James Street a person can now go right round the Breakfast Creek, the Albion and Swan Hill districts without any fear of touching solid ground. No lives are reported to have been lost in either of these districts; but the loss of property has been terrible.


The water in the Breakfast Creek, and Albion districts has considerably diminished since our report of yesterday, and in the direction of the latter place most of the tops of the submerged houses are now visible. The water is still gradually decreasing, but is nevertheless of a great depth in places, and boats of all sizes and descriptions have been rowing about all day. The current which was running so strongly in Breakfast Creek on Sunday has ceased, and the waters are quite calm.

The centre of the Creek Bridge was about 1ft. above the water last evening, although both ends of it were under water.

The destitution which has been caused is terrible to contemplate. Many families are living in boats with the sail for a covering, while others loss fortunate are living under large pieces of timber which have been collected and stacked together so as to afford a covering of some sort.

A great loss of life has been occasioned to livestock and poultry, and there is a horrible stench throughout the whole of the districts. Numerous crafts, steamers, punts are anchored in the creek for shelter. The Breakfast Creek Sports Ground has suffered severely. The switchback railway was completely destroyed, and the electric light wires all around the ground have been severed.

A large quantity of debris is floating in every direction, and notwithstanding the loss occasioned by the flood the whole place is swarming with persons of all ages, seeking what they can find, and not troubling themselves as to the ownership of property. Fortunately those districts have a very able officer in charge in the person of Senior-constable Fay; he and his men are doing all they can to cope with the delinquents, and a very valuable lot of property of every description has been recovered.

It is now stored in the Toombul Divisional Board offices and private residences. Senior constable Fay is very anxious that any persons who have lost their property will find some means of communicating with him as to its identification. Fortunately no casualties have been reported in these districts.


The flood in Milton was particularly severe, and on Sunday night it was discovered that but fifteen houses on the south of the railway line remained out of water, these being on the hill near Dr. Bell's residence. Mr Cribb's house, in Cribb Street, although standing on the rise of the hill, did not escape, the water covering the flooring. The Salvation Army Rescue Home, Park-road, being in a pretty high position, was used as a receiving house for all persons who were flooded out, and on Sunday sixty availed themselves of the shelter.

Major Peart's house close by contained about sixty refugees. As the day wore on, however, and the waters continued to rise, it was deemed advisable to empty the home, and the women were sent to the home in Paddington, while the others were given shelter at Bishopsbourne.

Enormous damage has been done to the furniture and goods of the residents. During Sunday police boats were plying to and fro, also a boat belonging to Mr Simmonds, who with his brother did yeoman service in rescuing many people and their belongings.


On the south or Oxley side of the river from Indooroopilly the principal sufferers from the flood so far have been Mr J. P. Wilson and Mr Whitehouse. At about 11 p.m. on Saturday Mr Whitehouse saw his house and furniture carried away downstream, and a few hours later Mr Wilson's very pretty residence also floated away and was sucked under the bridge. At 6 p.m. on Saturday the house of the ferryman, Mr Dalrymple, lurched sideways two or three times and floated downstream.

The furniture had been removed early in the day and put upon the ferry punt; but during the night the punt broke from her moorings and dashed against the bridge, and was hopelessly wrecked. These cases are, however, only a few in which people have lost every stick of furniture and every garment except those they were wearing.


The position of the residents in that portion of the Oxley district fringing the river has during the past two days been a matter of much anxiety, hemmed in as they were by the waters. It was feared that many of those who had been compelled to leave their homes and seek shelter elsewhere must be in urgent want of both food and clothing.

The Colonial Secretary, acting with that promptitude which has invariably characterised his actions as a Minister of the Crown, despatched the picket boat Midge to Indooroopilly with blankets and provisions.

Mr Tozer communicated with Mr H. J. Gauld, of the Colonial Stores Department, a gentleman who has shown much activity in forwarding the aims of the Colonial Secretary in alleviating the distress in the city and Mr Gould at once put himself into communication with Captain Drake, who was in charge of H.M.S. Gayundah, lying in midstream at the Garden Reach.

Mr Gould obtained from the Harbour-master a whaleboat with two boatmen, and this he loaded with 200 pairs blankets, 400 loaves bread, 500lb. preserved meat, 4 chests tea, and a quantity of sugar. In response to signals Captain Drake and two bluejackets came across in the Midge to the north shore, and took the whaleboat in tow. The Midge then proceeded to the submarine mining wharf, and there the barge was transferred from the whaleboat to the picket-boat.

About 1 o'clock all was in readiness for the voyage up the river. Those on board were Captain Drake, Mr Gauld, Mr Allan Wylie, Mr Moxon, the two blue jackets, and two others. The river was running very fast, so that the voyage was attended with much danger.

Captain Drake was, however, confident that the trip up to Indooroopilly, a distance of a dozen miles, could be made with safety; and by his skilful seamanship he succeeded in making the journey without accident.

With the whaleboat in tow, the Midge first made for the southern end of Victoria Bridge; and there fifty blankets and 200 loaves for destitute people in South Brisbane were placed in care of Police-sergeant J. Russell and Mr Deverell, borough engineer.

The voyage up the river was full of interest, and the swiftness of the current, the floating debris to be avoided, and the probable danger of running against some invisible object in the water gave it a spice of danger, which seemed to be rather agreeable than otherwise to those on board. Necessarily the progress made was slow. The picket boat is very fast under ordinary circumstances, capable of steaming nineteen knots an hour. The force of the current may be therefore imagined from the fact that her record yesterday, in going up the Brisbane, was little more than three miles an hour.

Indooroopilly Bridge was reached at 5 o'clock, and the remainder of the blankets and provisions were landed at the residence of Mr Foxton, M.L.A., just on the city side of the ruined structure, Mr Will. Robertson, secretary to the Civil Service Board, undertaking the task of seeing to their proper distribution.

The pressing wants of those in need of assistance in the Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, and Oxley districts have thus been met.

The time occupied in the voyage back to town was only seventeen minutes. The admirable manner in which Captain Drake navigated the little vessel was subject of comment on the part of those on board.


The road bridge over the North Pine River has been carried away. A man named John Power lost his life near the Palace Hotel, South Brisbane, during the flood. He was a resident of Spring Hill. The body was recovered.

The water invaded the Queen's warehouse, under the Custom-house, to a depth of 8ft. A large quantity of the goods stored there was destroyed. All the more important books and papers in the Custom-house strong room and cellar were placed in safety before the waters rose, so that Custom-house business will not in any way be retarded.

The business premises of the Commercial Union Insurance Company contained 2½ft. of water at the highest point of the flood. Mr C. Trundle and assistants were, however, successful in securing the books and documents of the company from damage by flood.

The premises of the Mutual Insurance Company were being pumped yesterday afternoon by one of the engines of the Central Fire Brigade, but without much success, owing to the water not having descended below the level of a drain underneath the cellar. It is estimated that the water rose to 19ft. over D. L. Brown and Co.'s Eagle Street wharf.

The Castlemaine Brewery at Milton has not been affected by the water, and about eighty families have been afforded refuge there by Messrs Quinlan, Gray, and Co. It is stated that the body of a woman has been found floating in the back yard of Mr Blundell's residence at Milton.

Fears have been entertained that the meat supply for the city would run short, but one firm of butchers in Brisbane express themselves as confident that they will be able to supply the required quantity of beef from their Kedron Brook yards, and anticipate no difficulty in supplementing the supply from stations as required. They do not, however, express themselves so hopefully regarding the supply of mutton, more particularly in view of the destruction of Victoria Bridge.

Twenty-four persons were arrested during Saturday and Sunday for drunkenness in the city. Mr Pinnock discharged them at the City Police Court yesterday morning. Wm. Whybrow was fined £1 or twenty-four hours in the cells for using obscene language. Lizzie Warner was fined 5s., in default six hours' in the cells, for disorderly conduct. Many other cases were remanded.

The fears which were entertained yesterday as to the safety of the steamer Gabo at Messrs Howard Smith and Sons' wharf have now been dispelled. The steamer, of course, is still high above the goods-sheds, but she is fastened in such a manner that she cannot drift on to the sheds, and as the waters subside she will drift on with it into her proper place - the river.

The body of the man found at Bowen Bridge yesterday morning has been identified as that of David Gray, of Warry Street, Springhill, who left his home on Thursday last.

A boy about 6 years of age, stepson of Mr Rankin, Hale Street, was drowned in the Paddington district yesterday. He was wading in the waters at the end of Caxton Street, and stepped into a hole and sank. The body was recovered shortly afterwards. Medical aid was obtained, but life was extinct.