Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Cyclone Tracy recovery leader Stretton dies

Monday October 29, 2012 - 11:25 EDT
ABC image
Retired Major General Alan Stretton has died at the age of 90. - ABC

The Major General who led the recovery effort after Cyclone Tracy has died.

Retired Major General Alan Stretton flew to Darwin in 1974 to head the relief effort after the city was destroyed.

Under his leadership, 36,000 people were evacuated and essential services were restored.

Major General Stretton passed away on Friday night aged 90.

Historian Peter Forrest says the Major General has left a lasting legacy.

"He of course will be always remembered in Darwin as the man who took command of the immediate post-cyclone phase, those first five or six days," he said.

"I think he did a great job in focusing the mind of the nation on what Darwin's situation really was.

"He was able to use all of his authority and connections to focus the entire resources of the nation onto Darwin's situation and its needs and I think he was just about uniquely placed to do that."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

East coast rain and storm update

16:45 EST

Heavy rain, thunderstorms and damaging winds are all possible in parts of eastern Australia next week.

Myer Hobart store beats flood and fire, but market conditions may be toughest foe

13:04 EST

It has risen again from the ashes and has emerged from a devastating flood — but the challenge for the latest incarnation of Myer's Hobart store is simply to get people to shop there.

Wet weekend for parched Perth

12:02 EST

Perth may see its best rain since January this weekend as a burst of showers, blustery winds and storms affect southwestern parts of WA.