14th March, 1934 : Seventy-nine people are feared dead after a cyclone struck the Queensland coast near Cape Tribulation on Monday. Beaches are strewn with broken boats and dinghies and the coastal country has been devastated. A tidal wave 30 feet high destroyed banana plantations at Bailey’s Creek, where settlers are reportedly ruined. Schnapper Island and Cape Tribulation have been laid to waste, and phenomenal rains have been recorded since Saturday. Captain C Hayles, master of the Merinda, which sailed down the coast from Cooktown to Cairns, looked out for possible survivors from luggers that had been reported lost, but nothing was seen.

[ Who needs cyclones and tidal waves? Now we have socialist governments to do their job. ]

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