Women and children being evacuated from Darwin after Cyclone Tracy.

Survivor stories

There are so many stories still to be told, and so many yet to be heard. From simple acts of kindness to outstanding bravery, read some of our survivor stories here


A Cupboard, a Bottle of Scotch, and Christmas Carols – John & Tricia Phillips

Bath filled with water; windows taped. Ironically all the new sliding windows would be smashed to smithereens and only the ...
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A Christmas of Chaos – Corporal Allen Hancock, 125 Signal Squadron, Darwin

Christmas in Darwin was always something quite different from that experienced anywhere down south. There really was no 'silly season' ...
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Jeffrey Norton – Surviving Tracy 1974 – Recollections from a 4 year old.

In approximately October 1972 my family (Dad, Mum and 4 kids aged 2, 4, 6 + 8) moved from Victor ...
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Gary Gibson – The Darwin Disaster – Electronics Australia Magazine

The below files are copies of pages from the now no longer published Electronics Australia Magazine. The article outlines the ...
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Valda Lefebvre – Our Wedding Anniversary

My husband Lou and I had only arrived in Darwin 6 months before Cyclone Tracy with our three little sons, ...
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Robert and Mary Fox – An Account of Cyclone Tracy

This is not my story but that written by late wife, Mary Fox, shortly after Cyclone Tracy. It is the ...
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Lorraine Dickson – Cyclone Tracy and Evacuation

At the time of Cyclone Tracy I was living as a young Army wife in Larrakeyah Barracks where my husband ...
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Darwin 1974 & a Letter Sent the Next Day – Frances Marilyn Roberts

I flew, with our four children, to Darwin on 2 November 1974, my birthday, with a couple of suitcases, just ...
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David Curtis’s story

By Christmas 2024, it will be the 50th Anniversary of Cyclone Tracy, the fiercest and most destructive cyclone that destroyed ...
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My recollections of Cyclone Tracy Christmas 1974 by Grahame Stewart

Each year during “Cyclone Season” (November to February) every week or two we would listen to the “Woomp Woomp Woomp ...
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The Christmas Santa Never Came – Beth

The Christmas Santa Never Came (Santa never came, instead Tracey came)Christmas eve 1974 had more than the usual anticipation. Cyclone ...
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Still here – Just! – Tim West

A lifetime spent in the Top End is full of near death experiences 'NDEs' but the one that holds the ...
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Cyclones, Politics, and Stolen Dreams – Liz Elaine, Sonia and Louise Ball

Christmas Eve 1974: you couldn't actually say Cyclone Tracy caught Darwin by surprise because we all knew it was coming ...
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Cyclone Tracy Memories Christmas 1974 – John King

Like many people I remember Tracy very well and was well aware of what a cyclone could do, we had ...
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The water in the kitchen was pink – Sue Casey

Ray Casey is probably alive today because his wife, Mavis, and daughter, Sue, wrapped themselves around his bleeding and unconscious ...
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Cyclone – Paul Bayetto

It was busy in the restaurant that night. Why wouldn’t it be? It was Christmas Eve. Insults and instructions were ...
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The Evacuation – Robyn Mackenzie

Wondering if anyone can remember being evacuated from Darwin on a commercial flight that departed about 4pm on 26 December ...
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Christmas Eve 1974 – Cathryn Doney

My story is not particularly spectacular, and no different from anyone else who went through that black, howling, ripping wind ...
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Survived a night of Hell – Kathy Shepherd

It was a very uneventful Christmas morning, my husband was at work and I was home with my two young ...
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Cyclone Tracy – Graeme Gilder

I had this 20 acre block in Darwin, or actually 21 miles out of the city centre, and on holidays ...
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