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Memorial constructed with twisted girders from the home of Sergeant Kevin Malley which was destroyed in the cyclone in 1974, commemorates those who lost their lives in Cyclone Tracy.

At the height of the Cyclone Tracy the Malley home totally disintegrated, blowing Malley, and his two children, who were in his arms,15 metres to the ground. His wife Joyce fell beside him. he threw himself over his children to protect them, receiving severe injuries which required 200 stitches from flying debris. Joyce had a broken spine and Fiona severe leg injuries which required 23 operations to correct. Only their son Stephen escaped unscathed. The family was the first evacuated by aircraft to Sydney. The girders were bent by front end loaders during the cleanup operations. A teacher from Casuarina High school took the initiative to use the twisted girders as a monument. The girders were set in concrete and the memorial was unveiled by the Administrator of the Northern Territory in June 1984.

Location

Address:Trower Road, Casuarina Senior College, Moil, 0810
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.3825
Long: 130.878056
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Storms
Actual Event STart Date:25-December-1974
Actual Event End Date:25-December-1974

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:June-1984
Front Inscription

THREE HOUSE GIRDERS TWISTED DURING CYCLONE TRACY 25TH DECEMBER .

Source: MA, NRUM
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