The 'Clermont Disaster' was caused by a cyclone that crossed the coastline between Bowen and Mackay on 27 December 1916. Torrential rain over the catchments of Wolfgang and Sandy Creeks above Clermont precipitated great flooding that cost 61 lives and caused enormous damage to buildings and livestock. The lower part of Clermont was submerged and the Theresa Creek recorded its highest flood level. (Information taken from: B. Harman, Documentary and investigation of the Clermont storm, December, 1916) This image shows some devasted houses and shops at Clermont. A man poses in the foreground. Photo Contributed
The 'Clermont Disaster' was caused by a cyclone that crossed the coastline between Bowen and Mackay on 27 December 1916. Torrential rain over the catchments of Wolfgang and Sandy Creeks above Clermont precipitated great flooding that cost 61 lives and caused enormous damage to buildings and livestock. The lower part of Clermont was submerged and the Theresa Creek recorded its highest flood level. (Information taken from: B. Harman, Documentary and investigation of the Clermont storm, December, 1916) This image shows some devasted houses and shops at Clermont. A man poses in the foreground. Photo Contributed The State Library of Queensland

FLASHBACK: CQ flood kills 60, forces town to relocate

IN THE early hours of December 28, 1916 a wall of water laid ruin to the old town of Clermont after a cyclone crossed the Queensland coast.

This year Isaac Regional Council is set to commemorate the centenary of the flood that tragically took more than 60 lives and forced a township to move.

Mayor Anne Baker said Council commemorations will begin with the launch of an exhibition 'A Flood of Memories' at the Clermont Historical Centre, August 31.

"The 1916 Clermont Flood Exhibition is a collection of local stories, photos and memorabilia that will transport you back in time," Cr Baker said. 

"Learn what life in Clermont was like during the early days of settlement right up to that fateful morning when flood waters devastated the town."

Eerie reminder: The Piano in the tree in Capricorn Street is an eerie reminder of the height and ravaging force of the floodwaters. Although it's a replica today, there were originally three pianos found in trees after the 1916 Flood.
Eerie reminder: The Piano in the tree in Capricorn Street is an eerie reminder of the height and ravaging force of the floodwaters. Although it's a replica today, there were originally three pianos found in trees after the 1916 Flood.

The exhibition will run from August 31 to December 2017 and is available to view during operating hours Wednesday to Saturday.

"Council is hosting two commemorative events to honour the lives lost in one of the deadliest floods in Australian history," Cr Baker said. 

"A special plaque unveiling will take place from 9am on October 1 at the Clermont Hoods Lagoon."

Mayor Baker said the pinnacle event will take place on the 100th anniversary of the flood, on December 28, 2016.

"Council will host a graveside memorial service at the Clermont Cemetery from 9am."

Isaac Regional Council Commemorates 1916 Clermont Flood

1916 Clermont Flood Exhibition: August 31 - December 2017

  • Clermont Historical Centre - located on the Peak Downs Highway 2km from Clermont.
  • Visit the Centre from Wednesday to Saturday.
  • Full entry details at Council's website isaac.qld.gov.au

Unveiling of 1916 Flood Commemorative Plaques: October 1

  • Clermont Hoods Lagoon
  • From 9am

1916 Flood Graveside Memorial Service: December 28

  • Clermont Cemetery
  • From 9am