october memories / 4


4th October, 1906 : Five men have drowned while trying to rescue stock from floods after heavy rains in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Three of the five drowned near Orange, NSW, when a rider and his horse were swept away and two friends tried to find them in a torrent 100 yards wide. Another man drowned near Yea, in Victoria, and the fifth near Launceston, Tasmania. The flooding in parts is the worst for 20 years and has inundated some areas which were awash only two weeks ago. It has filled the Murray-Darling river systems with flood levels up to 34 feet.

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