|Wreck of the “Presto” (on Magnetic Island) which was sunk during the cyclone Sigma, dated 1920, E. R. Hayles Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 4064.|
|Townsville Harbour pilot, Capt Colbert, who rescued one of the stricken ships, 1890s, Mays Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 19485.|
|Ross River in flood near meatworks, dated 1927, Townsville Albums, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 4345.|
A brief account of the impact of Sigma is included in “The Townsville Story” (1951) but the most detailed, contemporary account is the one compiled by J.W. Fawcett. He carefully documented the major damage to ships, homes, churches and businesses throughout the city, and praised the compassion and support its residents showed to each other.
Story by Miniata