Terrible dust storm

  James James diary, 12 November 1902. (Diary courtesy of East Loddon Historical Society) Transcript: Terrible dust storm all day in the evening it got as dark as midnight had to light candles to see; from Melbourne & Deniliquin never such a dust storm known a light shower after.   Story: James James was an …

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Seasonal rainfall deficits in Bendigo during the Federation Drought

Story: This plot shows rainfall variability in each season in Bendigo during the Federation Drought (1895–1903). The rainfall amounts have had the average for each season subtracted so we can see what is above or below ‘normal’. These values have then been divided by the standard deviation (or variability) of the rainfall for each season, …

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Scarcity of Water

Bendigo Independent, 12 March 1901, p. 2   Story: This extract from the Bendigo Independent illustrates failing water supply in Bendigo in the later years of the Federation drought. The cumulative effect of years of below average rainfall meant water levels in the Coliban System (the city’s main source of domestic water supply) dropped dramatically. While …

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Droughts and Floods

Nature often goes to extremes, And after years of blighting droughts, As flood descends and lightning gleams Midst thunder’s roars, as though our thoughts Were realised. But what of that? We don’t prepare for what we sought. Wisdom resolves to store what’s sent To catch the torrents from the sky, It is the place of …

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