Aerial view of Cyclone Tracy's destruction Christmas 1974 / Cyclone Tracy was a tropical cyclone that devastated the city of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, 1974. It is the most compact cyclone or equivalent-strength hurricane on record in the Australian basin, with gale-force winds extending only 48 kilometres (30 mi) from the centre and was the most compact system worldwide until 2008.
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.
Darwin's post office was in ruins after the bombing of the city, 19 February 1942. My Grandfather was a telegrapher at the post office when it was bombed. They were all directed towards the bomb shelter but, he headed outside for the gutter instead. 9 people were killed when the shelter took a direct hit.