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Amanda Gearing Queensland Flood Collection 2011-2012

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A collection of oral history recordings, photographs, hand drawn maps, videos and speech notes relating to the 2011 Queensland floods and the major flood event that occurred in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley region on 10 January 2011: a flash flood (described as an 'inland tsunami') which devastatingly took 21 human lives. The collection, amassed by Toowoomba-based journalist Amanda Gearing for her Master of Arts degree, includes 86 oral history recordings of flood survivors and rescuers in Spring Bluff, Murphys Creek, Toowoomba, Withcott, Postmans Ridge, Helidon, Carpendale and Grantham as well as digital photographs and videos taken by a number of those interviewed including those taken by Amanda Gearing and other locals. The interviews are very personal and powerful recollections of the experience of the flood event. Some recall feelings of fear and despair and tell of trauma and loss which continues well after the flood event. All are stories of resilience and hope, of rebuilding lives, of lessons learnt, and recommendations in order to avoid the same devastating results in future disasters.

Access rights

Access to online collection is via State Library of Queensland.

Geographical area of data collection

152.518658,-27.385228 151.942075,-27.385228 151.942075,-27.977532 152.518658,-27.977532 152.518658,-27.385228


Research areas

Lockyer Valley
Posttraumatic growth (PTG)
Emergency response
Personal Narratives
Queensland Floods
Natural disaster
Oral histories
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Animal behaviour in disasters

Cite this collection

Gearing, Amanda (2012): 28510, Amanda Gearing Queensland Flood Collection. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. (Collection) https://doi.org/10.4225/09/585372cde0e07

Data file types

jpeg, pdf, mp3, mp4


Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 (CC-BY-NC-ND)


© Amanda Gearing, 2011-2012.

Dates of data collection

From 2011 to 2012


Has chief investigator
Amanda Gearing  (Researcher)


Name: Amanda Gearing


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Published - Open Access