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Registration Number: H48140

Name or Title: Squeegee

Brief Description: Squeegee made of timber and rubber with a long wooden handle. Used to clean up a West End apartment after the 2011 Brisbane floods.

Collection: Social History

Materials: Wood, rubber.

Measurement : L1870 x W600 x H110

History and Use: This squeegee is associated with Queensland’s ‘Summer of Disasters’; the series of Queensland cyclones and floods which occurred over the summer of 2010-2011 and became one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of the state. The event impacted over 2.5 million people and saw the evacuation of entire towns, power and water being cut off as well as roads, railway lines, buildings, homes and personal property damaged. It also resulted in the tragic death of 35 people and the declaration of 78% of the state as a disaster zone.

The squeegee was used to clean up apartments in a riverside block in West End which was inundated during the flood. Squeegees were distributed for free by the Brisbane City Council to assist residents and volunteers in their cleaning efforts. The floods had a devastating impact on people’s lives and property all throughout the state and the object allows for an interpretation of natural disasters - a recurring theme in the history of the state - the mass destruction and debris they can leave behind as well as the clean-up phase of such a significant event.

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