There have been plenty of flashbacks in the last few days to the unforgettable event shown here, as the largest evacuation since Cyclone Tracy got underway this week. Residents from communities including Borroloola, Numbulwar and Groote Eylandt, hit the road and boarded aircraft such as the C-130J Super Hercules to escape Cyclone Trevor, in scenes a bit like this one. This photo was of course taken in the week after Christmas of 1974. 10,000 people left by road from Boxing Day onwards and more than 25,000 people were evacuated by air from Darwin in just six days - including one flight with a record 670 passengers on board. Stay safe this weekend.
Image: National Archives of Australia, A6180, 7/1/75/54
Published: 24 March 2019