Institutional response and Indigenous experiences of Cyclone Tracy

Haynes, Katherine, Bird, Deanne K., Carson, Dean, Larkin, Stephen, & Mason, Matthew S. (2011) Institutional response and Indigenous experiences of Cyclone Tracy. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast.

View at publisher (open access)


Early on Christmas morning 1974 Tropical Cyclone Tracy, a Category 4 storm, devastated the Northern Territory city of Darwin leaving only 6% of the city’s housing habitable. The extent of the disaster was largely the result of unregulated and poorly constructed buildings, predominantly housing. While the engineering and reconstruction process demonstrated a very successful response and adaptation to an existing and future risk, the impact of the cyclone of the local community and its Indigenous population in particular, had not been well recorded.

NCCARF therefore commissioned a report on the Indigenous experience of Cyclone Tracy to document how Indigenous people were impacted by, responded to, and recovered from Cyclone Tracy in comparison to non-Indigenous groups. The report also considers the research literature on disasters and Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, with a specific focus on cyclones, and considers the socio-political context of Indigenous communities in Darwin prior to Cyclone Tracy.

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

173 since deposited on 03 Jul 2014
14 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 73330
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: cultural attachment, Darwin, evacuate, face-to-face interviews, indigenous, Northern Territory, NT, oral history, synthesis and integrative research, traditional knowledge, transcripts
ISBN: 9781921609398
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE (040600) > Natural Hazards (040604)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2014 23:08
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2014 05:45

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page