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Year of Disaster Brisbane 1864 by Duncan Richardson

Year of Disaster by Oxley author, Duncan Richardson, tells the story of 1864, the worst year in Brisbane’s history. In that year, typhoid, cyclone and three major fires combined over nine months to make the citizens seriously reassess the way they were living and change the face of the city for ever. The cyclone wrecked buildings, sank ships and brought a flood that destroyed houses and farms forcing some people to abandon everything and move on. The fires destroyed more than half of the town’s business centre, leaving many people homeless. But typhoid was the killer, slipping through the quarantine system and striking at the heart of the settlement.

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