Australia's Greatest Disasters: The Tragedies That Have Defined a Nation
Australia is a land of extremes where searing heat and devastating floods can both take their toll. It is also a land of vast distances, leaving it vulnerable to calamaties at sea, by rail and in the air. AUSTRALIA'S GREATEST DISASTERS charts the events that have caused not only tragic loss of human life, but also economic and environmental devastation. These are the disasters that made headlines around the nation and became forever part of the Australian identity.
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