Drought, Mud, Filth, and Flood: Water Crises in Australian Cities, 1880s–2010s

Ruth Morgan, Lionel Frost, Andrea Gaynor, Jennifer Gregory, Martin Shanahan, P Spearritt

Research output: Other contributionOtherpeer-review


In this exhibition, we invite visitors to consider the historical relationship of “water crises” of various kinds to the development of urban water systems, through the experience of the driest inhabited continent on earth, Australia. We have chosen a range of different departures from water-related business as usual—from shortage to flood, pollution to drainage—in the five mainland Australian state capitals from the late nineteenth century to the present. The part of this exhibition devoted to each city focuses thematically on just one or two kinds of crisis, while the timeline covers a wider range of events in each place.
Original languageEnglish
TypeVirtual Exhihibition
Media of outputOnline
PublisherRachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
ISBN (Electronic)2198-7696
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Environmental History
  • Urban History
  • Water History
  • Australian History

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