Archival Revival: Australian natural disasters

Waterfront of Surfers Paradise is rebuilt after erosion from rough seas. Photo: National Archives of Australia
Waterfront of Surfers Paradise is rebuilt after erosion from rough seas. Photo: National Archives of Australia
Wentworth Falls bushfires, 1958. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Wentworth Falls bushfires, 1958. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Bushfires in the Australian Capital Territory, 1965. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Bushfires in the Australian Capital Territory, 1965. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Tasmanian bushfires, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Tasmanian bushfires, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A Hobart wharf shed destroyed by bushfires, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A Hobart wharf shed destroyed by bushfires, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Sixteen West Hobart houses destroyed by bushfires, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Sixteen West Hobart houses destroyed by bushfires, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Parer Drive, Moil, following Cyclone Tracy, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Parer Drive, Moil, following Cyclone Tracy, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force evacuates flood victims from Lightning Ridge, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force evacuates flood victims from Lightning Ridge, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Aftermath of Cyclone Tracy in Darwin, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Aftermath of Cyclone Tracy in Darwin, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Cars submerged in Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Cars submerged in Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Gough Whitlam attends a press conference after Cyclone Tracy, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Gough Whitlam attends a press conference after Cyclone Tracy, 1974. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Flood water in the streets of Jamestown, South Australia, 1962. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Flood water in the streets of Jamestown, South Australia, 1962. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Flooded country channels after a cyclone, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Flooded country channels after a cyclone, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Flooding in Surfers Paradise, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Flooding in Surfers Paradise, 1967. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A house in Surfers Paradise hangs over an eroded cliff. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A house in Surfers Paradise hangs over an eroded cliff. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Drought at Burrinjuck Dam, 1968. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Drought at Burrinjuck Dam, 1968. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A farmer examines parched earth of an empty dam bed during drought, 1968. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A farmer examines parched earth of an empty dam bed during drought, 1968. Photo: National Archives of Australia

The drought-stricken north-western New South Wales town of Tottenham, 1992. Photo: National Archives of Australia

The drought-stricken north-western New South Wales town of Tottenham, 1992. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Drought near Bombala, 1983. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Drought near Bombala, 1983. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A New South Wales bushfire scene, 1994. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A New South Wales bushfire scene, 1994. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A New South Wales bushfire scene, 1994. Photo: National Archives of Australia

A New South Wales bushfire scene, 1994. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Flooding in Canberra, 1956. Phtoo: National Archives of Australia

Flooding in Canberra, 1956. Phtoo: National Archives of Australia

Thank you parade in Sydney for firefighters, 1994. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Thank you parade in Sydney for firefighters, 1994. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Flooding in Canberra, 1956. Phtoo: National Archives of Australia

Flooding in Canberra, 1956. Phtoo: National Archives of Australia

Waterfront of Surfers Paradise is rebuilt after erosion from rough seas. Photo: National Archives of Australia

Waterfront of Surfers Paradise is rebuilt after erosion from rough seas. Photo: National Archives of Australia