Cyclone Tracy

City of Darwin program to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Cyclone Tracy

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The community led program of commemorative events can be dowloaded here

If you would like to register your interest in any of the commemoration activities and events please click here

The Northern Territory Government has a Cyclone Tracy 40th Anniversary website where you can share your storiessubmit your events and register to receive updates and latest news from the Northern Territory Government and the City of Darwin. Click here to visit the website home page. 

Cyclone Tracy anniversary means many different things to our community, and one single commemorative event could not meet the range of needs of the community. Council partnered with the community and the Northern Territory Government in designing our multi-level program which provides a range of grass roots, community-led initiatives.

All Faiths service at Christ Church Cathedral

A special all-faiths Commemorative Service at Christ Church Cathedral  will take place on Wednesday 3 December. 

Darwin Christmas tree events

Christmas is a time when the City of Darwin brings our city to life with decorations, activities a Christmas Tree in The Mall. This year, there will be special events on 5 December and 24 December to commemorate the effect Cyclone Tracy had during the Christmas it struck Darwin.

Commemorative Plaque

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled on Boxing Day in the portico at Christ Church Cathedral. As the only remaining original part of the Cathedral following Cyclone Tracy, it is a fitting place for our community to pay tribute to those affected by the cyclone. 

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Community Grants Program

The City of Darwin allocated $40,000 to the Cyclone Tracy 40th Anniversary Commemoration Community Grants Program. The grants program was aimed at supporting and assisting the community to hold events and activities to commemorate this significant event in Darwin's history.

To view the recipients from the grants program click here

More about Cyclone Tracy

Early on Christmas morning 1974 Darwin was devastated when hit by Cyclone Tracy. As the eye of Cyclone Tracy passed over the city between midnight and 7am, torrential rain fell and the winds were officially recorded at 217km per hour prior to the Bureau of Meteorology anemometer being destroyed. Cyclone Tracy had a profound impact on the Darwin community with more than 70 percent of Darwin’s homes destroyed or suffering severe damage, all public services (communications, power, water and sewerage) were severed, 41,000 people were left homeless, 35,362 people (of the 47,000 total population of Darwin) were evacuated from Darwin and tragically 66 lives were lost. The 25 December 2014 marks 40 years since Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin.