Museum seeks help with cyclone history

Burdekin residents are being asked to recall their experiences with cyclones to help add to the Museum of Tropical Queensland upcoming exhibition on tropical cyclones.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said the Burdekin region had been hit by a number of cyclones over the years.

“Most residents would remember Tropical Cyclone Aivu as one of the worst we have had to deal with in terms of damage,” he said.

“People lost homes, a tidal surge flattened beach shacks at Wunjunga and there was plenty of damage to trees and crops.

“What the Museum is looking for, is people with first-hand experience of cyclones who may have a great story to tell or photographs.”

MTQ Acting Director Jason Elliott said the upcoming MTQ exhibition would look at cyclones that had influenced the North over the past 100 years.

“The focus of the exhibition is how our communities had prepared for, lived through, cleaned up and counted the cost after each disaster,” he said.

“It’s interesting that people settle in places like North Queensland considering the catastrophic effects of some cyclones and the unpredictability of where and when they would strike.

“Cyclones are such a part of life in the North that we’re sure many locals will have interesting stories, photos or objects that they’d like to share with the Museum’s visitors.

“I encourage anyone who would like to contribute to the exhibition to get in touch with us and help us tell this compelling story.”

People who would like to contribute to the tropical cyclones exhibition should contact the exhibition curator Robert de Jong on 07 4726 0652 or by email .

Burdekin residents are able to visit the Museum free of charge due to the Community Pass program.

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