IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES
THE 2019 NORTH WEST QUEENSLAND DROUGHT FLOOD AND CATTLE DEATH DISASTER
The seminal lines in the second stanza of Dorothea Mackellar’s 1904 iconic patriotic poem about
Australia being a land of droughts and flooding rains and the opening lines of Charles Dickens’
1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution
suggesting that this particular period of history represented both the worst and best of times
seem to be apt to describe the disaster that befell Queensland’s north west gulf country at the
beginning of this month.