Cyclone Tracey still haunts me 35 years later.

by Bronwen Edwards
(England)

I was 13 and living in Moil Crescent, Darwin on 24th December 1974. I remember the day starting off strangely cos there was a cow in our garden, my dad rang the radio and they broadcast it saying something like 'has someone lost their girlfriend!'. We'd had cyclone warnings before and we weren't really worried, they always passed by, right?


Needless to say Cyclone Tracey decided to visit and as the wind and rain got worse we ended up sheltering in a wardrobe for 5 hours, 4 adults and 3 kids, as the house disintegrated around us.

At one point the wind stopped and it went eerily quiet for about 10-20 minutes. When the wind started up again as well as the wind and stuff crashing about we could hear a noise like when you spin a rope round really fast, I can only think it was the power lines.

When we came out it was all black and grey, no colour, no birds singing, no distinguishable sounds, no people. We thought we were the only ones alive and we all just stood and stared out of the window in silence looking for signs of life.

When people started to emerge, like us they walked like zombies, in their nightware mostly, to Moil primary school. We spent the night there, hoping Tracey wouldn't come back, and were evacuated back to England the day after boxing day, all we had was the clothes we wore and a mail sack containing a few belongings we'd managed to find. I never saw some of my friends ever again.

I heard many stories that saddened me, one I recall was that there'd been a stables on the cliffs at Fannie Bay and all the horses had been blown into the sea.


I've been back to Darwin since, and would move there in a heartbeat, cyclones or not - a part of me will always be there.

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To the doubter, this was no 'story'
by: Bron Edwards

Yes, A cow in Moil Crescent, not a herd of them. It was wandering down the street, on its own. It is said animals have a sixth sense, and on that day they behaved oddly - people found wallabies lying under cars, other animals 'sheltering', but the significance wasn't realised.

To add, the fact that the house disintegrated around us, in those short words, doesn't portray the real horror of it all. The brick wall of the bungalow collapsed inwards, and we'd been in it 10 minutes earlier. We'd moved to the 'safety' of the hallway, and had to move again when the wind changed direction (it was said there were mini tornados in that cyclone, truly, read the reports). Every minute, etched in my mind, crying to my mum 'I don't want to die'. If you WERE in it, you would have experienced the terror of wondering if you'd live through it.


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Definitley True
by: Anonymous

Yes horses at Fannie Bay as far as I know there is still a poney club there

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Scary
by: Jane

I knew this story was so real by the way she described everthink. There was another story i read that said some chick was on MSN on her lap top and it wasn't even invented in 1974???

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OMG
by: Jane

This story was so scary it showed me how prepared we should be for a cyclone. I live in a cyclone prone area and Uli hit us last year but it only knocked down a few trees. I am so glad the family was fine. I am going to take this decription of cyclone tracy and use it for an assignment.

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You were blessed...
by: Anonymous

That must have been so scary. You were truely blessed by God to have survived.

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IMAGINATION
by: Anonymous

SOME FOLKS SURE HAVE AN IMAGINATION!
Even at 13 Cows at Moil Crescent? Horses at Fannie Bay?
Rubbish! (I lived there for 8 years until Tracy)
Went back 4mths after for relief work with Govt.!

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Horses in the sea?
by: Anonymous

this story touched me but it was really sad that the horses blew into the sea, im only 14 yrs old and my parents didnt go through the horror of cyclone tracy but they have probably been through other things like the victorian bushfires my dad would have lived through on Ash Wednseday 1983? so anyways this story touched me

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