11th January 1975 Keeping track of people

So many of my friends are still waiting to hear about friends and relatives and where they went. i read in the paper today it was the Salvos and the Red Cross helped with this. i heard my gran say “That’s why you always gve to the Salvos and The Red Cross”

The Sun Herald 11/01/1975

The population was evacuated by air and ground; because of communications difficulties with Darwin airport, landing was limited to one plane every ninety minutes. At major airports, teams of federal and territory department officials as well as Salvation Army and Red Cross workers met refugees, with the Red Cross taking responsibility for keeping track of the names and temporary addresses of the refugees. Evacuations were prioritised according to need; women, children, and the elderly and sick were evacuated first.

That was alot of people to keep track of.

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