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What an Interesting Storm!

by Anne James

I had moved to Darwin from Canberra (Adelaide home city)in July 1974. Working with Doctor Quinn, Registrar of Darwin Hospital at time of Cyclone Tracy. Left the hospital work Xmas party at 2.00pm that afternoon to go on to the Koala Hotel, Mitchell St for drinks with friends.

At around 11pm the publican suggested to the few of us left in the pub that the weather was turning a little nasty and we should go home. After dropping two frinds off, one in Smith street and one a few streets away,I arrived home about 11.30pm. My home at the time was a guest house in Mitchell Street owned by an elderly gentleman. There were 5 residents, myself, Joy,Trevor, John and a couple living in a caravan in the backyard of the property as well as two friends visiting from Canberra. Barry and Richard.
My visiting friends and I sat in my room and drank another bottle of wine - not really bothering about the weather until the power went out.
We lit candles and continued enjoying the wine and conversation about the day's events. It was the loud smashing of the front door plate glass window that prompted some action/re-action. All of a sudden .....

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Pathology lab at Darwin hospital
by: John White

Hi Lorna - glad you enjoyed your time at the lab & working with my dad Ian White. He had a pretty good sense of humour. I always remember the smell of the lab on his clothes when he came home.
Unfortunately dad died in Adelaide in 1977. He was just 49 & I was only 12
Used to love our outings to go "down the track" to Pine Creek, Edith Falls, Bachelor & Rum Jungle etc

For Ian White's daughter
by: Lorna

Hi, I worked with your Dad in the little old pathology lab in Darwin from 1971 to 1973 when I left to go overseas for 4 years. Found about tracy when I was working in Calgary Canada over winter to save for the next leg of my travels. Returned to Darwin lab in 1977 and then went to Gove for a year.
Remember your Dad well. They were just the best years in Darwin at that time and we all had a lot of fun in that lab.

Ian White
by: Anonymous

Hi Anne
do you perhaps remember my father, Ian White? He worked as a biochemist at the laboratory attached to the hospital. I realise you may not have met him as you only arrived in Darwin in '74.
He stayed behind working for a few weeks after Tracy.

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