A severe flood swept the Hawkesbury River in June 1816. Credit State Library of NSW.

La Niña brings flooding rains to NSW in the early 1860s

A La Niña event spanning 1860–1864 brought repeated widespread flooding to settlements across NSW. This succession of natural disasters demoralised rural communities and devastated agricultural endeavors. The floods in 1863 and 1864 were the most severe with much of the New England and Hunter Valley regions inundated with floodwaters. Flooded street in Maitland, 1864. Image … Continue reading La Niña brings flooding rains to NSW in the early 1860s

El Nino influenced Australian identity

Extreme weather events linked to El Nino Southern Oscillation played a hand in shaping the culture of modern Australia according to a new book chapter by climate historian Don Garden. The chapter examines the social, political and cultural significance of The Federation Drought, which has been linked to a series of strong El Nino events. … Continue reading El Nino influenced Australian identity

Positive review for environmental history book

An environmental history book by SEARCH Project historian Don Garden has received a great review in the latest issue of New Zealand Geographer. Tom Brooking from the University of Otago's Department of History provides a positive assessment of Droughts, Floods and Cyclones: El Niños that shaped our colonial past, praising the author's "impeccable scholarship and … Continue reading Positive review for environmental history book

SEARCH Project featured in The University of Melbourne Voice

The University of Melbourne's Voice newspaper has featured The South-Eastern Australian Recent Climate History project on page 2 of its May edition. Lead researcher, Dr Joelle Gergis, discussed the background to this landmark linkage project, while project historian, Professor Don Garden outlined how historical documentary records would be utilised. The feature is available on The … Continue reading SEARCH Project featured in The University of Melbourne Voice

Don Garden releases climate history book

The SEARCH project team is excited to announce that our project's Environmental Historian, Assoc. Prof. Don Garden has just released his book Droughts, Floods and Cyclones; El Ninos that shaped our colonial past. The book is a comprehensive study of El Nino events in colonial Australia, examining how colonists came to understand their climate and … Continue reading Don Garden releases climate history book