For the memory of my children

I arrived in Darwin in the middle of July 1974, I was with my two children (3 and 6 years old) and I was six months pregnant. My husband had just died recently after a sudden car accident. Not being able to cope with the memory of him my former house brought I decided to move to Darwin to try to start a new life. That was a decision I was later to regret.


We had settled down in our house that I had bought, with the money I had received when I sold my old house. On Christmas eve there were warnings on the T.V. and radio that a cyclone would come to Darwin. Being new to Darwin I was terrified but that soon change when my newly made friends had convinced me that a cyclone would never come to Darwin.

It was raining heavier than usual that night when I was trying to get my children to bed. the rain was making it harder than usual to get them to sleep. When I had finally got my children to bed I decided to go to bed myself. I woke up later that night to the heavy rain my baby was crying but that was not audible against the rain and wind. I went into the children's room but of course they had already gone to the tree and unwrapped all their presents. They played with their new toys unaware of the storm outside. I had already started to worry how bad the storm was going to get, but i didn't realize how bad it already was until my roof was blown off.

Living in a two story house I worried that the upper story was soon to follow to roof so I went with my children to the downstairs bath room. They were now terrified and hugging their new toys. When we went out side the wind was heavier without the walls protecting us. We hurried down to the bathroom against the wind. Sadly my 3 year old son wasn't able to fight against the wind being blown away. Which I can insure you is a mother's worst nightmare. Thinking of my other children I continued downstairs.

When the wind had finally stopped I went outside to inspect the damage of the house, and sure enough most of the walls had been blown off. I started to search for my son but there was no sight of him anywhere. All to soon the wind started again not knowing what was happening I headed back to the bathroom terrified that it was starting all over again. I was near the bath room when a loose brick had hit me in the head making me unconscious. I woke up hours late, the storm had stopped and i had no clue how I had survived my two children were no where in sight. With my best effort I looked for my children. I was on my own until a passing car picked me u and took me to the hospital.

The hospital was a mess I refused to let the doctors have a look at me. I searched the hospital for my missing children but they were no where in sight. I was then later evacuated to Melbourne where I remarried and had two children.

I will never forget the memory of my old family they will live on in my heart forever.

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Missing Children
by: Ken Daffey

It was sad to read your ordeal, I lost my son also in the cyclone, he was killed at the beginning of the cyclone, he sort refuge under the bed as the government warnings told us to do, but they failed to relise that the beds were a death trap, they had steel bars under them that held the springs, The water tank from on the roof fell on top of the bed and he was killed instantly, My other son was afraid to go under the bed so we huddled in a doorway and I managed to hold a matress over us for a little while before the wind ripped it from us, my wife was pregnant at the time and a beam from the roof fell onto her and she was pinned there most of the night beside us, I was almost cut in two by a steel louver that flew and hit me in the back and jump over my spine and continued onto the other side, we huddled there all night, just floor boards by this time, and at light we managed to crawl down into our car under the house and just sat there, a police officer came by and we were able to locate my son and he was taken to the casuarina police station, the thing is, we were able to find him, so I can only imagin the horror you felt of not being able to find them, my heart goes out to you and I hope one day you do find out what happened.

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Don't worry
by: Anonymous

Don't worry about those other people they have no idea about what it's like to be in Cyclone Tracy. I'm sure you did everything you could to save your children. Your story is so sad and after everything you've been through it's very mean of those people to say that about you. I would like to say that all people that have posted mean comments are desensitised and bullies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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:(
by: Anonymous

wow! i cant believe it, im so, so sorry about your children, im sure they were wonderful. RIP.
i hope your new family is just as good as old family

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Sorry
by: Anonymous

I really feel for you, must have been hard I hope you have a good life

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wow im so sorry
by: Anonymous

if that is true I am just sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sorry, I don't now if it is though, it sounds to sad to be true

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Dont be sared of Darwin
by: Shane

That sort of destruction could never happen again in Darwin as back then there were no building codes, but since Darwin has build codes in place now, all buildings are cyclone proof, and what a magnificent city it is today, when i was in Broome in April WA, they all have building codes in place as well, but it is still a bit of a worry there in some places, but Darwin is safe as houses.

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hard to believe
by: Anonymous

Sorry but I found that very stupid,for a start the first thing you would have done in the eye,was go and look for your son not take the time to look at the devistation AND THEN YOU HAVE US TO BELIEVE YOU LEFT WITHOUT KNOWING WEATER OR NOT THE OTHER CHILDREN WERE OK well I'm a mum, and that just would not happen. I think you should be ashamed of yourself for such a crappy story and leave this site for the people who really lived through it. WAKE up to yourself.

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To a Brave Woman
by: Anonymous

You are such a strong woman. To lose two children and a husband would be horrible. I can only imagine the angony that that must have caused. To have moved on with your life is amazing. You are an inspiration and you will be in my mind at Christmas time.

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WOW
by: Anonymous

that would have been awful. I will think of ur kids on christmas morning. :(

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Angery
by: Anonymous

WTF! geez what the hell was she spost to do, shame on you

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guilt
by: allison

hi my name is allison i live in N.S.W
when i read your story i sat there in disbelief
i truly feel for you

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:'(
by: Anonymous

im so sorry

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wow
by: Anonymous

that must of been a real shok for you and you family and my name is brittany and im 10 turning 11 in 2 months and i have to do a project for school and i want a few tips so can u tell me some please coz i want to know how it would feel in the cyclone

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OMG
by: Emma

awwwwwwwwwwwwwww hw sad im in tears as i write this i hope one day u find out what happened to ur children im sure somebody will knw sumthing. all the very best hope u knw its nt ur fault

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Sad
by: Anonymous

I was in tears when i read your story, i am only 12 and we are moving up to Darwin soon and i am scared this will happen to my family. I am still in tears as i write this

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Is your story real?
by: FK Darwin resident

I know that your story could be true because I Was there and it sounds so dramatic and real. But I have trouble understanding how you could just give up and carry on with your life and starting a new family just like that! not knowing what has happened to your children. You did not have a closure to your past family especially when you had lost your partner just before. Either you are a very brave lady or have just made it all up. I hope its the later. If it was me, there would no way I would be in peace with my self until I knew for sure what have happened to my beautiful children? I would refuse to leave until I had found them dead or alive.
How can a start of a new family take or replace all the good memories you would have had? With out a closure, to know what has happened with those children? Sorry but I must be a realist after all.
I feel very sad reading your story because it reminded me of my next door neighbour?s wife who was killed in the Cyclone. She was found dead hugging her two beautiful children under her bed. The walls to the bedroom come down on the bed and crushed her and the kids. Her dear husband was in the Navy and on duty that night he could not be there for his family. he come the next day to see the police putting his family in a wheel barrow to carry them in to a car to take them to the morgue with all the other bodies of people who Tracy had killed on her way. It was all over for him. This poor man was stunt and helpless because of all the goings on people were too busy with their concerns to worry about him. He is still suffering with the guilt of not been there for his family.

So I do know that your story can be real but because I was there and have gone through and seen a lot myself I can not understands how you gave up looking for your children! so easy, I had a four month old baby and a sick three year old child with measles and we were evacuated a day after cyclone Tracy as it was announced that all women an children were to be air lifted to other states so you must have been evacuated with us Could your story be real?

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by: NiC

Every mothers worst nightmare... Im so glad that you moved on and I wonder if either of your children had survived...You are so brave to have started over again.

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by: Anonymous

Oh My God,That Is Really Sad = (
I Dont KNow How u Would Of Been Able To Deal With That.You Are Very Brave =(




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That is devastating
by: Sad Person

Im so sorry u poor lady

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Hard to believe
by: Anonymous

I want to believe your story more than anyone can imagine. I didn't lose my child in Tracy, but I did lose a child in a hurricane that hit the US when our family was on holiday.
We too were in a two story building, my husband and I (also 7 months pregnant) were huddling our 3 year twins and our 7 year old in a cupboard upstairs when the roof was blown off. We also decided to go downstairs. I was under strict orders by doctors to not pick up any of children as my pregnancy was high risk, but as soon as I realised my husband wasn't coping with 3 kids against the bare winds, I grabbed one of the twins and carried him downstairs, as my husband picked up the other in one hand and literally dragged our 7 year old with the other. We hid in a utility cupboard, the kids up against the back wall and mine and my husbands backs to the door. Suddenly a pipe smashed through the door and by some horrific chance, grazed my side and hit our three year old son. He died instantly and later I lost the baby I was pregnant with.
So as a mother who has been through a tragic storm, who has lost a child and unborn baby, I so want to believe your story. I'm here crying at the memory of my son and of the horrible truth your story could hold. But something in me is telling me something isn't right with your story.

Why didn't you pick up your son? Why did you look at the devastation before looking for your son? Why did you leave without finding the children, dead or alive?

Perhaps it's just the way it was written, or the way you've explained it. I feel like a down right b!tch if your story is real and you truly lost the lives of both of your children. As a mother who has been there...I am so so sorry.

... but something is not adding up.

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HOW TRUE ONLY YOU KNOW
by: Anonymous

what happened to your unborn 6 months pregnent child and how many children did you have that brick must of really done some damage.

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So where's your heart?
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its so unbeliveble that you didnt even look for your children. you have a big heart forgeting everything and move on so quickly. it looks like your very brave woman, but u suck.

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that was boring
by: kevin rudd

that was a load of S**T and it was totally boring

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