# 43169

COURTNEY, Thomas

“Old” Tallangatta, northeast Victoria: the main street under water in the devastating flood of 24-25 June 1909.

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Silver bromide print photograph in very large format, 260 x 320 mm, laid down on the original board mount with the label of Tallangatta photographer Thomas Courtney on the verso; the print has a tiny amount of silverfishing at the edges, but it is otherwise in good condition and has excellent clarity; the upper right corner of the mount has a repaired tear (not affecting the print).

This evocative photograph was taken by Thomas Courtney, who had for many years been the proprietor of Thelma Studio in Wangaratta. Courtney opened a branch studio in Tallangatta in March 1909 – just a few months before the catastrophic flood of 24-25 June 1909.

In 1956, the township of Tallangatta would be relocated to a site 8 kilometres away, and “Old” Tallangatta, as it is now known, would be permanently flooded: it was drowned under the waters of Lake Hume, the result of a strategically planned rise in the height of the Hume Dam.