Darwin Story, The

On Christmas Eve 1974, Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin. It was the largest natural disaster in Australian History. The story begins with Darwin before the cyclone, with warning and safety instructions being broadcast over the radio. Shots then show the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy with virtually every house and building destroyed.

Reporter Mike Hayes then visits Casuarina High School, a temporary shelter for the people of Darwin, supplying food, clothing and medical treatment. Dr Jeff Greenway, a doctor at Darwin hospital details the devastating effect that it has had on the hospital and its services. Gough Whitlam cancels his overseas tour to survey the damage. Throughout the story there are interviews with the survivors and their relocation to other states of Australia. Finally the clean up operation begins with the help of the Navy, Air Force and Army.

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Production Year: 
1990
Duration: 
30 mins
Series Episode
Standard $88
Schools $66
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