It’s hard to imagine the creek we know today as a “surging torrent,” but much work has been done over the years to prevent the floods that seemed to happen quite often in the past. In the midst of the turmoil, picture someone taking their washing off the clothesline from a boat! In the Narrow Escape item, three men had their boat overturned in a whirlpool on the creek, and while all were rescued, Constable Burgess had the additional misfortune of being carried over the dam. I’m not sure this is the same dam as today, it sounds like it was farther south. It’s curious that the article didn’t say why the fellows were out on the creek at all.
Researched & written by Kathryn Auger