Talking to the ABC, four siblings who lost their parents talked about their pain. “We were all evacuated to the hall, and we were singing, the teachers and that were pretty calm, and they had the curtains drawn so we couldn’t see what was going on”.
The church bell that was once a proud part of the local church was recovered from the ashes after the fire and has been made a dedicated monument of the tragedy.
The Prime Minister paid his respects during the first sitting of parliament saying, “The disaster received worldwide attention [with] President Johnson of the United States expressing his profound sympathy for the people of Tasmania and all Australians who had suffered as a result of this misfortune”.
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He added, “Time and again in the face of natural disaster Australians show grace under pressure, bravery in the face of danger and rally selflessly without a second thought, to help each other.
“Our thoughts today are with the people of Tasmania. Those who remember, those who suffered loss, those who rebuilt their lives.”
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