Bookmakers marooned in the ring at Albion Park Brisbane 1941

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Where: Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

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When: 01 January 1941

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Creator: Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd.

Location: Brisbane, Queensland.

Description: The bookmakers at Albion Park braved the fierce storm which swept over Brisbane on Saturday afternoon, but when the rain abated they were marooned. Three races had been run before the storm broke. (Description taken from: Courier Mail, 20 January 1941, p. 8.).

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    • 01/Oct/2021 08:11:06

    Sudden deluge swamps Brisbane - January 1941 By Myles Sinnamon, Engagement Officer, State Library Of Queensland | 23 January 2015 A sudden deluge hit the inner suburbs of Brisbane on the afternoon of January 18, 1941, in what the Sunday Mail described as "the fiercest one-hour storm in the city's history". The Weather Bureaus rain gauge recorded 336 points (85mm) in less than an hour. In the eastern suburb of Hawthorne, 604 points (153mm) were recorded on a private rain gauge. Along with the usual havoc flooding in the inner city causes, the news reports of the day focused on the impact on Brisbane's many Saturday afternoon sporting activities. A cricket match between Queensland and Victoria at the Gabba was abandoned as the crowd huddling in the grandstand was treated instead to an exhibition of lightning, thunder, hail, and heavy rain. The strong wind blew the Stanley Street sight board from its supports, while outside the grounds the water level nearly reached the running boards of parked cars. Tragically, two golfers were struck by lightning near the seventh fairway of the Victoria Park golf course on the inner northside. The men had been sheltering under a tree at the time. One was killed instantly, while the other was lucky to escape serious injury. The ambulance sent to the scene was delayed due to flooding. At the Albion Park track, also in the inner north, horse racing was suspended for over an hour while the storm lasted. It seems the stewards considered it a point of honour to resume the meet if at all practicable, even though the Third Division races were run over a partially flooded track. Source: