This labrador was snapped with a catch after he took a swim at the flooded junction of Roderick and Gordon streets in central Ipswich during the 1974 floods.
This labrador was snapped with a catch after he took a swim at the flooded junction of Roderick and Gordon streets in central Ipswich during the 1974 floods. File image

Do you remember '74?

IF you thought Ipswich’s 2011 floods were the worst imaginable, you weren’t around in 1974.

The last major flooding in the city saw the Bremer River surge more than a metre higher than it did last month, with terrible damage wrought in the CBD and low-lying suburbs.

It is a year that will forever be etched in the memories of those who witnessed it.

And now those who were too young to recall the event (or not even born) will have the chance to see for themselves what the 1974 floods did to the Ipswich region.

In response to requests from readers, The Queensland Times will next week reprint the special pictorial edition the paper published on February 8, 1974, to commemorate the floods.

The special replica reprint of the 12-page lift-out is being produced in liaison with the Ipswich Library and Information Service, which maintains an impressive archive of the paper’s past editions.

Whether you are a history buff or not, the reprinted edition will be a fascinating read for anyone who is curious about one of the most astonishing episodes in our region’s past.



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