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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


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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