After The Storm

On January 21, 1918 our town was almost wiped from the map.

Thirty lives were lost when the 1918 cyclone ripped through our fledgling town on January 21, 1918. One family alone, the Welch family, lost six members.

The huge storm flattened much of the region and inundated large parts of the town, with waves up to three metres tall rolling down Sydney Street.  1,411mm of rain fell in three days.

For those who want to delve further into 1918 Mackay, this website is a treasure trove of images, stories and interviews, some of which made it into the exhibition and some that didn’t.  Feel free to explore through the links below.

1918 cyclone stories
Image gallery
Image gallery

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