Cyclone Tracy, Darwin. Christmas, 1974

Title:
Cyclone Tracy, Darwin. Christmas, 1974
NFSA ID:
32745
Year:
1974
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In the early hours of 25 December 1974, Darwin was virtually destroyed by Cyclone Tracy. The city became the site of possibly the greatest natural disaster in Australia’s history, causing the death’s of 71 people, destroying more than 70 per cent of Darwin’s buildings, including 80 per cent of houses. Three-quarters of the city’s 43,000-strong population were evacuated. This footage is of genuine human drama in the face of great adversity.