Cyclone Tracy: unseen images from the Red Cross archive
When catastrophic Cyclone Tracy wreaked havoc on Darwin on Christmas day 1974, the Australian Red Cross hit the ground running. With 71 fatalities, hundreds seriously injured and thousands homeless the charity stepped up as an essential body providing vital aid. These images have just been released after 40 years in the archives. Taken by Red Cross photographer Ramon A Williams, they document the people of Darwin and volunteers pulling together in a city that was 70 per cent destroyed.
An exhibition of Williams’ images can be seen at Community Art Space at the City of Darwin Civic Centre until January 15.
Roughly 2700 volunteers coordinated by the Red Cross and the Australian Defence Force helped fill in the cracks of the Cyclone Tracy recovery effort. Here, Red Cross volunteers including Betty Watcham (left) help a mother and her twins at the airport as she prepares to leave Darwin.