On this day 40 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip were in Darwin to unveil a memorial plaque commemorating those who died during Cyclone Tracy. Behind Her Majesty is Ella Stack, the Lord Mayor of Darwin at the time. The cyclone had killed 71 people just three years earlier and destroyed more than 70 percent of Darwin's buildings. Crowds four or five deep lined the walk to the Civic Centre, where relatives of the cyclone's victims had gathered. The Queen was in Australia on her 1977 official tour of the Commonwealth marking her Silver Jubilee. The plaque she unveiled is still in place at the Darwin Civic Centre on Harry Chan Avenue.
Published: 26 March 2017