CYCLONE TRACY CHURCH MEMORIAL

Ted Collins, who was Bishop of Darwin for 21 years, has died in Sydney after ongoing health issues.

Darwin, December 24, 2004. Bishop Ted Collins near the location he was sitting at when Cyclone Tracy struck. The bishop was giving a midnight mass radio broadcast when the cyclone hit, smashing the glass windows above him. Luckily those directly above him were spared and he did not get showered with glass. Cyclone Tracy, packing winds of up to 217 kph, struck in the early hours of Christmas day, 1974. The cyclone demolished 90 percent of Darwin’s buildings, killed 66 and left 45,000 people homeless. (AAP Image/Paul Benjafield) NO ARCHIVING

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