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Title: Christmas Eve 1974
Name: Henwood, Beverley
My Story: Christmas Eve of 1974. It was raining and the wind was blowing. I was cooking for Christmas Day when the wind picked up and blew in my windows. That's when I knew we were in for a rough night ahead. Not long after the power went out. I gathered the children and went down into the storeroom under the house. All went quiet after a few hours. My husband and children went outside thinking the cyclone had passed. The sky was orange, not knowing that it was the eye of the cyclone above us. All of a sudden there was a mighty roar, the wind came back with a vengeance. It blew my husband and daughter up across the road and up against a fence. It blew the both boys and I into the yard. After a bit of a struggle we managed to get back into the storeroom not knowing that Darren had been injured. Come morning when friends came to see if we were all okay, that's when we noticed that Darren had a bad injury to his foot. it was probably cut on a bit of galvanized iron. Friends took us to Darwin Hospital. I have never seen so much blood and water mixed together. It was like a war zone. The amount of injured people in the hospital was incredible. The staff did very well, the best they could. I'd like to thank the bus drivers for the great job they did to get us from the evacuation centres with flat tyres, debris across the roads. As were we heading to Nightcliff High School to register details of thge people that had survived and evacuating I was told that we could send a telegram. The generosity of the people from down south was amazing. The amount of clothing donations, money, tupperware, food, shoes and other items which may have been lost during the cyclone were donated.
Use and Restrictions: Cyclone Tracy Story Project Agreement
Subject: Cyclone Tracy, 1974
Appears in Collections:Territory Times Gone By
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