The great Melbourne flood of 1891

Join this Vicfix campaign to relive the deluge of winter 1891

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the great Melbourne flood of 1891

In July 1891, nonstop rain over a winter weekend resulted in the Yarra River bursting its banks in Melbourne's most significant flood in recorded history. Up to 3000 people were made homeless, from Collingwood and Richmond to South Yarra, Prahran and South Melbourne.

First-hand reports, editorials and letters contain graphic descriptions of the floodwaters that turned some stretches of the Yarra into 'an inland lake'. They include tales of survival and tragedy, and of the relief and fundraising efforts that sprang up in response.

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The great Melbourne flood of 1891

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