The answer is blowin’ in the wind

After a few gusty days and some spectacular lightning displays it would appear that storm season is upon us, you’ll note I said storm season and not “the Wet Season”. I was looking through the collection here and came across some pictures of one storm in Acland.

In December 1952, Acland was nearly flattened by what was termed a tornado. The end destruction is usually the same with a cyclone and a tornado, but given the time of year, although everyone was calling it a tornado, the storm was probably a mini cyclone. The storm tore through Acland around 5.30pm on Saturday the 6th of December doing an estimated £20,000 worth of damage, leaving many families homeless with furniture and personal effects ruined. One of the most amazing things with the whole tragedy, is that there was no loss of life reported in all the destruction.  While the government agreed to provide aid to the small community, it wasn’t until July the next year that the £1448 of the Acland Relief Fund was distributed.

Image: Presbyterian Church 1952 Source: Margaret Menkins

Image: Presbyterian Church 1952
Source: Margaret Menkins

Image: The Baker Shop 1952 Source: Margaret Menkins

Image: The Baker Shop 1952
Source: Margaret Menkins

If you’d like to read more about the storm, just a search on Acland 1952 in the Trove newspapers will get you plenty of results.

Well that’s all I’ve got for you this week, we’ll see what I can dig up next time.

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