Photo of the day – Bourke floods, 1998
Bourke floods, 1998
This image shows flooded land around Bourke, taken from the air by photographer Sue Stafford. Sue travelled to Bourke to photograph Nancy Bird Walton’s visit for the exhibition and publication, Women with Wings: portraits of Australian women pilots.
This was taken back in 1998 and according to The ABC’s The World Today the town of Bourke situated within the Darling River floodplain is subject to periodic flooding but up until recently the town was experiencing the worst drought ever recorded. It had not rained in Bourke for nearly seven years and the locals were greatly concerned for the welfare of the district. There is an interesting transcript from an interview with some locals on the ABC site.
Photography by Sue Stafford.
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