1864, 1893, 1897.
It had been 77 years since Brisbane's last flood, but in 1974 the old foe returned.
A lake of 200 square kilometres was formed around the Brisbane River.
14 people died, 6700 homes were flooded and $200 million in damage was caused by the disaster. The Wivenhoe Dam was built as a direct result of this one event.
Brisbane moved on however, to shine during the 1982 Commonwealth Games. 45 countries and nearly 1600 athletes participated in an event which brought the city and state to the forefront of world attention, if only for ten days.
It spurred a redevelopment in Brisbane's Southbank area (the area on the other side of the river from the CBD), a process which continues today.
The area was made into a lush parklands, with exotic buildings and walkways under sails through beautiful tropical greenery.
Brisbane had grown and from 1974 to 1988, had willingly or unwillingly, been placed in the world's gaze three times.
In 1990 1.3 million people looked to a new decade.