Celebrating their Viva Cribb Bursaries are (from left) IGGS Old Girls’ Association president Leah Bell, Marburg Show Society’s Robert Krause and Ipswich Kindergarten Association president Libby Rawlings.
Celebrating their Viva Cribb Bursaries are (from left) IGGS Old Girls’ Association president Leah Bell, Marburg Show Society’s Robert Krause and Ipswich Kindergarten Association president Libby Rawlings. David Nielsen

Project captures city's flood

THOSE who were there to see it could never forget it.

For those who weren't, or those who ever felt the need to refresh their memory, Ipswich City Council has officially launched a comprehensive collection of photographs, videos and audio interviews from the 2011 floods disaster.

The Picture Ipswich 2011 Flood Project, more than a year in the making, provides members of the public with the chance to relive the devastation and community spirit that gripped the city.

With just the click of a mouse, users can view 500 pictures obtained from amateur and professional photographers across the region, as well as videos taken during the disaster and interviews with those at ground zero.

Ipswich Library archivist Sally Hetherington compiled the photographs, while historians Robyn Buchanan and Margaret Cook were employed to conduct interviews.

Ipswich Library services manager Narelle Rhodes said the display would become an important part of the city's history.

"What happens today can become history so quickly," she said.

"The Picture Ipswich website also features images of family life and all other aspects which make us a city. We want to make sure people have all the access they need to learn about the history of Ipswich."

The site is also home to a collection of pictures from previous major flood events in Ipswich, including the 1974 and 1893 floods.

The launch also featured the presentation of funding to three Viva Cribb Bursary winners.

Ipswich City Council created the Viva Cribb Bursary in 2008 to promote projects which allowed the history of Ipswich to be captured and recorded.

This year's recipients included Ipswich Girls' Grammar School Old Girls' Association, which plans to create a collection of stories celebrating 120 years of the school.

The Ipswich Kindergarten Association was awarded a bursary for its plan to tell the story of its 75 years in Ipswich, while the Marburg Show Society was rewarded for its ideas for a book on the Marburg Show, which will be called The Marburg Show Society - More Than Just an Annual Show.

Visit picture.ipswich.qld.gov.au



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