Pre 1900 Floods

Date Stream Name Towns Affected Approx ARI1 (Years) Comments
1851

Ovens River

Wangaratta

   
1852

Barwon River

Geelong

80

Below 1952 levels, Flow similar to 1952

1863

Yarra River

Melbourne

>100

Largest on record

1867

Murray River

Albury & Wangaratta

90

Fourth highest known at Albury & second highest at Echuca

1870

Ovens River

Wangaratta

150-200

Largest known flood, magnitude uncertain

 

Murray River

Yarrawonga & downstream

150

Largest known flood in the Murray catchment, record flood heights in Echuca & Mildura

 

Goulburn River

Shepparton

50

third largest flood event

 

Campaspe River

Rochester & Echuca

 

third largest flood event

 

Barwon River

Geelong

?

No data

1871

Maribyrnong River

Footscray / Kensington

20

 
1880

Yarra River

Melbourne

25

 
 

Barwon River

Geelong

40

Due to obstructions in river, some levels were higher than 1852, although flow was less

1891

Yarra River

Melbourne

60

 
 

Avon River

Stratford

   
1893

Avoca River

Charlton

30

High volume, unusually flat long duration hydrography

   

Gippsland Lakes

70

No data

 


1(ARI) see glossary for common terms used in floodplain management.

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