Photograph, 100-Year Otautau Flood; Buckley, Donald; 27.01.1984; OT.2007.26

Name/Title

Photograph, 100-Year Otautau Flood

About this object

This is an aerial photograph of the worst flood in Otautau on record, on the 27th January 1984. Three hundred people from the town had to be evacuated to higher ground. Trucks and tractors were called in to rescue people, but with the flood-waters so deep the truck drivers had no idea where the roads were, so a tractor had to guide the way.

It was the aftermath of the flood which was the worst, with many elderly both affected and underinsured. The emotional and physical toll was beyond belief, but the Red Cross - who delivered free meals to those affected - and the Lions of Riversdale arrived to help. The clean-up from this flood was calculated at the time to be around $300,000 - a vast amount for any small town.

It was not until the late 80's that there was eventually government funding made available for the much needed flood banks, which have protected the town since.

Image Copyright to Donald Buckley Photography, permission granted

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Otautau

Maker

Buckley, Donald

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

27.01.1984

Inscription and Marks

'27 January 1984' handwritten on the bottom right of mount.
Handwritten in pen on back of frame: 'Otautau'
Stamped on back of frame: 'IMPERIAL HOUSE ANTIQUES PICTURE FRAMING 299 DEE STREET PHONE 83 412 INVERCARGILL'.
On sticker on back of frame: '07/31/04'.

Measurements

h 315 mm x w 365 mm x d 15 mm

Period

1980s

Object Type

photographs

Subject and Association Keywords

Disasters (including floods and fires)

Subject and Association Keywords

Buildings and Structures

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, photographic paper
organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, card
organic, vegetal, processed material, wood
inorganic, processed material, glass
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, brass
inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic, nylon

Credit Line

Credit to Donald Buckley Photography.

Object number

OT.2007.26

Copyright Licence  

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