Monday, December 1, 2014


The 40thanniversary of the natural disaster which smashed into Darwin on Christmas Eve l974  destroying  about 90 percent of the houses  , killing  49 people and  reducing  the  population  from  47,000 to about 11,000  is being marked  in various ways. The estimated cost of  rehabilitating Darwin at the time was estimated  at a billion dollars .  From   the  Little Darwin  files  and other sources  comes  the   first  in  a  series  dealing with  the  event.
TOP: Cyclone supremo  Major General Alan Stretton who took command of Darwin after the cyclone  holding a packed  media  conference . ABOVE : Houses torn apart  by the force  of the  winds  and the  debris which  flew about.  

The  Tactile Arts contemporary craft studios and gallery  at Fannie Bay  launched   1974 : REMEMBERING TRACY exhibition , supported by the Darwin City Council , at which a mural ,Twister, by  Franck Gohier, was unveiled . Ace  Darwin photographer Barry Ledwidge is also working on another pictorial display which he plans to launch on  the  fateful  day  of    December  24 .

As you walk down the  Smith Street Mall  this  permanent reminder of Cyclone Tracy  can be seen .