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Canberra Flood 1955. Old Images of Canberra.

By johnboy - 5 August 2011 10

canberra flood 1955

Aussielyn has sent this one in with this note:

Included is an image of Canberra Flood 1955 sourced from Alan Foskett, looking north east.

On the left hand side is the oval shaped racetrack and the American Memorial at Russell is at back.

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Canberra Flood 1955. Old Images of Canberra.
old canberran 3:56 pm 08 Aug 11

The racetrack was for horse races and was also part of the old Federal Golf Course before it was moved to Red HIll. Both are now under water. A road ran from Liversidge street down the side of the racecourse to the three houses at Springbank and all that’s left of them is Springbank Island. Just above the racecourse is the original Canberra Hospital where I was borne in Balmain Cres, now part of the ANU. Under the water in the foreground is the old Royal Canberra Golf course and I think the solitary buildings in the foreground is the old Westlake workers settlement. The pic was taken one year after the NCDC was formed and Alan was one of it’s first employees.

Skidbladnir 2:20 pm 06 Aug 11

When I have time I’ll pull out one of the old digitized maps and newspapers from Trove for y’all.

chewy14 8:40 am 06 Aug 11

damien haas said :

what is on the race track site now ?

A lake.

grunge_hippy 8:10 am 06 Aug 11

damien haas said :

what is on the race track site now ?

part of the lake I imagine?

John Moulis 6:04 am 06 Aug 11

damien haas said :

what is on the race track site now ?

Under LBG.

Henry82 2:46 am 06 Aug 11

A quick google implied the race track is part of where Acton is now. I cant visualise it in my head though.

*Perhaps* its taken from Black mountain looking East, the hill in the background is general bridges drive (near RMC?)

damien haas 10:47 pm 05 Aug 11

what is on the race track site now ?

dungfungus 8:48 pm 05 Aug 11

Gee, I wasn’t aware that climate change started that far back.

spinact 8:39 pm 05 Aug 11

Top half and too the left of the fold mark down the middle of the photo. There’s a bit of a white smudge or ‘glow’ at the top of the eagle

Jivrashia 7:05 pm 05 Aug 11

Nup… can’t find any reference point…

Can anyone point out the eagle?

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