Phar Lap (1926 - 1932) is an Australian legend. He was the winner of Australia's Melbourne Cup in 1930, that country's equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. Phar Lap raced during the depression and won the hearts of a nation he ran in. Phar Lap was a national hero and died only 2 years later in Menloo Park, California under very suspicious circumstances. It was long thought that organized crime played a major part in his death
Phar Lap preserved at the National Museum of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. His coat looks two-toned because he had a "trace - clip" when he died, which means the hairs trimmed in the areas where the horse will sweat most -- the front of the neck, chest, belly and groin. Photo by Benjamin Healley
Kate Kelly (aka Catherine Ada Kelly) (12 July 1863 - October 1898) was the sister of famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. It is believed she drowned in Lake Forbes, a small pond situated in the middle of Forbes, while saving an Aboriginal child that was in trouble during a flood of the lake. She was buried in Forbes Cemetery, aged 36.
Cyclone Tracy 1974 / Tracy killed 71 people, caused A$837 million in damage (1974 dollars), or approximately A$4.45 billion (2014 dollars). It destroyed more than 70 percent of Darwin's buildings, including 80 percent of houses. Tracy left more than 41,000 out of the 47,000 inhabitants of the city homeless prior to landfall and required the evacuation of over 30,000 people. Most of Darwin's population was evacuated to Adelaide, Whyalla, Alice Springs and Sydney.
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