Township of Gundagai

South Australia

27 December 1844 Close


The Sydney papers are filled with details of the havoc made by the rising of the waters during the floods.

The Murrumbidgee, in particular, seems to have swollen to an enormous extent, the whole of the township of Gundagai (except that portion which is marked on the chart as valueless, being "subject to inundations") was completely under water.

Among others, the family of Mr Guise, during his absence in Port Phillip, seem to have suffered severely.

A correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald describes their sufferings thus:- "The family of Mr Richard Guise were exposed to great and trying danger. Mr Guise was at Port Phillip, and Mrs Guise, with two infants, was on the roof-tree of her hut for several days, until rescued by the blacks in a bark canoe; the water was nearly to the roof of the hut.

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