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Tracy's Birthday

A look at Darwin 12 months after it was struck by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Day, 1974.
Year : 1976 | Total Duration : 28 Minutes | Producer : Don Harley, Suzanne Baker
Director : Greg Reading |
Young girl walking with dog through rubble to boy sorting through debris from Cyclone Tracy. Mother calling boy inside house, VS woman decorating Christmas tree. VS children and boy showering in makeshift outside bathroom. GS shoppers in Casuarina supermarket. Tilt down satellite maps to meteorologist working on weather charts in bureau, VS activity in room. Woman tucking boy into bed, kisses goodnight. Zoom in to boy's face as he lies awake in darkness. 1974 Cyclone Tracy aftermath, stuffed gollywog toy amongst building rubble, pan widespread building devastation and track past citizens awaiting evacuation. Distressed families hugging and crying, naval officer holding baby, CU interview with survivor. Track past badly damaged pole houses. VS man pointing out building vulnerabilities and failures to camera. Zooms into details on building ruins.
Access No. 126912 | 5 mins 59 secs | 1970s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Darwin Reconstruction Commission meeting. Women and children off aircraft returning to Darwin. High WS of caravan delivered by truck to cyclone devastated area. VS ocean liner Patris, demountables and caravans housing displaced population. VS people around caravans, man mowing grass. Track past house ruins after Cyclone Tracy. People in ruins of home. Gordon Hender (with eye-patch) and wife inside caravan. VS family activity around Hender's caravans, hanging out washing on line. Interviews with Hender and wife explaining their circumstances. Hender family cooking in makeshift kitchen. High pan over mobile home sites. VS young couple Mike and Robyn Hunter living in demountable. Track past Robyn washing up showing modern interior. Interview with Mike explaining the point system imposed after Cyclone Tracy. VS Bruce McDougall labouring with builders on new home. Interview with McDougall on the housing situation.
Access No. 126916 | 4 mins 57 secs | 1970s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS planners and draughters in Darwin Reconstruction Committee. CUs tradesmen eating pub counter meals. Zoom out from man at door to WS over demountables of construction workers village. VS caravans, rubble and children post Cyclone Tracy. LS to city buildings untouched by Cyclone Tracy, Smith Street. VS remains of pole homes. VS crane demolishing damaged buildings with audience of locals watching. VS rubble, bulldozer and driver, pan debris in dump. GS surge of waves in mangroves in dusk light. Dog on beach, debris on shore after cyclone Tracy king tide. GS damaged and intact homes. Aerial coastal suburbs. Zoom out from builders hammering corrugated iron roof, construction workers laying cement foundations for new housing. GS concrete construction of homes in new suburb. Wires for underground power, concrete bunkers. GS builders measuring interior walls.
Access No. 126921 | 4 mins 2 secs | 1970s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS construction sites after Cyclone Tracy. VS wire mesh and cardboard insulation being sprayed with cement to build house in Grollo. Concrete walls being poured in Barclay. Zoom out and VS pre fabricated concrete slabs positioned with crane. Cyclone resistant timber frame, CUs steel cyclone bolts. Concrete bunker/bathroom inside frame. VS builders concreting new houses post Cyclone Tracy. Aerial over concrete houses under construction. Children playing outside half built new home. Bruce McDougall laying blocks on window sills. Interview with McDougall and wife about rebuilding without government assistance. Interview with Gordon Hender (with eye patch) and wife inside caravan talking about living day to day until loan decision is made. Wife talks about pioneering and camaraderie since Cyclone Tracy. Interview with Mike and Robyn Hunt who discuss how long they think new housing will take.
Access No. 126925 | 4 mins 45 secs | 1970s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Cubillo family posing with pets outside outside new rented home, one of new Darwin Reconstruction Commission houses in new suburb of Grollo. Steve Cubillo watering garden. Wife taking camera on house tour (note 1970s decor). Daughter playing guitar on bed. Modest Christmas decorations. GS brass players and marching girls leading Darwin Christmas parade. VS children, floats, Santa Claus on fire engine, bagpipes, indigenous children. Small boy sitting on Santa's lap, people buying Christmas trees from roadside stall. Man wearing Cyclone Tracy survivor T-shirt. Interview with man with face painted blue talking about the weather. CUs choir singers of St Paul's Church Choir performing Christmas carols. Interior Don Hotel bar, men drinking, playing pool and smoking. VS sun setting around houses and across water, zoom out from Kombi van on coast.
Access No. 126929 | 4 mins 45 secs | 1970s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU pair of Santa ornaments dancing. McDougall family celebrate Christmas outdoors. Daughter on bicycle, son playing with toy machine gun, breakfast barbecue. Bruce McDougall opening bottle of champagne and pouring for wife. Toast with neighbours Ray and Betty Bellert. Families recall basic meals immediately after cyclone, share barbecue and take photographs. Interviews with individuals talking about Christmas day one year on from Cyclone Tracy. CU's food on table, girl blowing out candle on cake with "Tracy" written on it.
Access No. 126932 | 1 min 10 secs | 1970s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |