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The Beard kids, Jason, Kim and Juliet, on their unexpected 'storm holiday' in Lismore in early 1975. After Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas Eve, they were evacuated with their Mum, long-term Darwin resident Judy Beard, and and a whopping 670 other passengers on the record-breaking flight from Darwin to Sydney. They stayed in a caravan on a family property in Lismore while relief efforts continued in Darwin, returning to rebuild their lives two months later. Thoughts going out to all Tracy survivors this Christmas.

Image: Judy Beard

Published: 23 December 2018


Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

Click on the images to read the story behind the image.

Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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