About Cyclone Tracy

Remembering Cyclone Tracy: 50 Years On

The year 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy, the catastrophic event that devastated the city of Darwin, Australia.

Cyclone Tracy was one of the most intense and destructive tropical cyclones in Australia’s history. The cyclone, with wind gusts reaching up to 240 km/h caused widespread destruction and claimed 71 lives. Almost 70% of homes in Darwin were destroyed or severely damaged. The cyclone left more than 30,000 people homeless.

The physical damage caused by Cyclone Tracy was staggering, and the emotional toll was even more profound. The survivors of the cyclone experienced trauma and loss that would affect them for years to come. Yet, in the face of this adversity, the people of Darwin came together to rebuild and support each other in the aftermath of the disaster.

The anniversary  provides an opportunity to recognize the progress that has been made in the years since the cyclone. Today, Darwin is a vibrant, thriving city with a population of more than 140,000.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy, we remember those who lost their lives, we honor the resilience of the survivors, and acknowledge the progress that has been made since the cyclone.

These websites provide more information about Cyclone Tracy.

  1. Australian Bureau of Meteorology: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/history/tracy.shtml
  2. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: https://www.magnt.net.au/cyclone-tracy


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