Sunday, January 30, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Born at the Flour Mill during the Floods

My Mum is into local and family history like myself. With the recent floods across Australia, she was looking up some information about historical floods in Victoria on Trove. She came across this article (in a 1916 edition of The Argus) which we both found very interesting. We wondered what the descendants of this child would think when they looked at their ancestor's birth certificate and saw the very unusual birthplace!

Goulburn Valley. (1916, September 28). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), p. 6. Retrieved January 29, 2011, from

Goulburn Valley
TATURA, Wednesday.- At 9 o'clock this morning the water level at the Goulburn weir was 13ft. 8in., or a fall of 1ft 8in. since yesterday morning, but on the lower river the water is still rising. The water has reached Undera, four miles back from the river, on the Echuca road, and when the operator rang up at 9 o'clock the water was almost up to the telephone.
The position at Mooroopna remains about the same. Boats were engaged in bringing provisions this morning. Urgent inquiries were made whether the patients had better be removed from the hospital where the nurses' quarters are flooded and the water is up to the floors of the wards. It has been decided to hang on now that the water is falling at the weir. The president of the hospital committee (Mr. Johnson) has sent over from Tatura 100 loaves of bread, 100 lb. of meat, and other provisions.
Hospital Nurses Work in Water Knee-deep.
There are 90 patients in the Mooroopna Hospital, including three cases of meningitis, and other serious cases. Fortunately, the water at highest never seriously invaded the wards, though the rest of the hospital was under water, and the nurses have to go about in water up to their knees. Their cheerfulness and devotion to duty under these conditions are beyond all praise. When the flood came there were several maternity cases in the Elms private hospital. These were removed to the flour mill, where one child has been born.
[You can read more of the article on Trove.] 
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