RUB-A-DUB-DUB-15 IN A TUB!
During Cyclone Tracy 15 people , a ham, a cooked turkey and a dog spent the night in a Nightcliff bathroom. The family which owned the house numbered four, but were unexpectedly joined by a family of nine who came with the turkey, ham and dog , which howled throughout the night . Two other girls also sought refuge. During a lull in the blow, a “save the chooks” party ventured out to collect two fowls in the stove of the nextdoor house but was unsuccessful because it had been blown away.
TENNANT CREEK HELP
Like so many towns down the track, the people of the Tennant Creek mining town , north of Alice Springs , helped evacuees who went south by road. The Peko Clarion reported that in the period 26/12/74 to 31/12/74, 5903 evacuees registered at Tennant. Of these, 2071 were supplied accommodation( not including caravan sites and ovals), 413 trunk calls were made to friends and relatives and $11,000 received in cash donations with a day's pay to come from mine workers .
Moonta House in Mitchell Street was used by southern and overseas media where Department of NT PR Dick Timperley was based. At some stage the Murdoch owned Northern Territory News stopped production due to damage at the factory. It was subsequently announced that the morning paper would become an afternoon production early in February.Veteran journalist and film producer Cec Holmes was in Darwin when the cyclone struck. After speaking to many of the southern reporters who came to the city to report on the disaster , he commented how soft they seemed to be , complaining about the heat and conditions . Reporters used to have a reputation for roughing it , he added. The new breed seemed soft . One journo contacted head office on Boxing Day and asked them to send water (bang goes the myth of newspapermen being hard drinkers ) and some food. Five days later three one gallon containers of water and two tins of steak and kidney arrived by air .
HOW NEWS GOT THROUGH
The Clerk of the NT Legislative Assembly, Fred Walker, was holidaying in Honduras , Central America, when the cyclone hit Darwin. When he went to a hotel there the proprietor , learning Walker was from Australia, said that a large port had been destroyed by a storm in North Australia . What was the name of the port ? Mine host could not remember . Was it Darwin ? Yes ! Fred was later travelling along a trail in Guatemala when an American pulled up in a car and handed him a telegram from the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Bernie Kilgariff ,which read something like : Merry Christmas. Your house destroyed by cyclone. Son okay. Suggest you return to Darwin .