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by Gary McKay
On Christmas Day 1974, Australia woke up to the news that Darwin had been flattened by Cyclone Tracy. Only hours before, the town of Darwin was winding down for the holiday season. Like many people that day, Josephine Foreman spent the morning cooking a large turkey for Christmas lunch; Geoff Crane took the opportunity to finish some last-minute Christmas shopping. Reports ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Allen & Unwin Academic
(first published April 2002)
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Of course, being Australian I had heard of Cyclone Tracy and the destruction on Christmas Day in 1974, but time and separation had blunted the full impact for me. I have never read any of the particulars, and this book more than covered that for me. Inside, we have direct survivor stories and quotes, which painted a realistic picture of exactly what happened that day. I found myself hoping for people and animals knowing full well their story might not have a happy ending. This book was a wild, e ...more
I purchased this book after I saw the cyclone Tracy exhibit in Darwin. tHis book provides a chance for people to understand what happened during Cyclone Tracy and how people were able to survive. this is a really good book with survivors stories and information about TRacy and how Darwin changed after the cyclone. I would read this book again.