Today in history: Too much water in 1874, too little in 1941

ON THIS day (November 24) in Gladstone history:


On Saturday, the 21st instant, a boy about seven years of age, the son of a man named Shepperd, fell off the Victoria Wharf while fishing, and before he was seen had been carried by the tide about half-way between the Victoria and Commercial wharves.

Mr James Friend heard the alarm, and rushed out from his office, and seeing at once that the boy was drowning, jumped in to the rescue with his heavy clothes on.

There was a strong tide running at the time, but he got safely to shore with his burden after some difficulty, owing to the strength of the tide and the boy having grasped him firmly by one of his arms.

This is the second rescue by Mr Friend from the Victoria Wharf.


Gladstone is suffering its worst water famine. Residents declare that dead pigs, fish and eels cover the bottom of the Gladstone town dam, which now is completely dry.

Showers have provided sufficient water in individual tanks for restricted domestic use, but water for other purposes must be carted from a creek four miles from the town.

Mr Hanson, proprietor of the Grand Hotel, said today, "If you want to drink water, you must go to the next town. There is not enough water for a bath. Water to flush the septic system has to be carried in buckets."