Consuming inferno

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 17/02/2007, p68

Westralia survivors just want the truth, writes Amanda Gearing

DRAMATIC revelations this week that the Defence Department was warned of impending disaster three months before a fatal fire aboard HMAS Westralia have persuaded one of the central figures in the event to come forward.

Petty Officer Max Francis was the last man to emerge […]

Disgusted father blasts Canberra `cover-up’

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 14/02/2007, p.3

THE father of a sailor killed in the HMAS Westralia fire has had a gut feeling for nine years that the Navy was responsible for the deaths of his daughter and three of her colleagues.

In an interview with The Courier-Mail yesterday, Lyndon Pelly — the father of midshipman Megan Pelly — said […]

Fireman feels the anguish – Desperate plunge into smoke-filled home too late for baby

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 05/07/2006, p.3

A FIREFIGHTER broke down yesterday as he told how he tried in vain to save a baby from a blazing house.

One-year-old Hayley Wilson died in the Toowoomba fire on Monday night despite the bravery of Dave Woods.

The firefighter smashed his way into the smoke-filled house without breathing apparatus to rescue Hayley.

“I don’t […]

Refugees firebombed

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 28/04/2006, p.13

MOLOTOV cocktails were thrown at the home of a Sudanese refugee widow and her seven children in Toowoomba early yesterday morning, heightening racial tensions in the city.

Khamisa Abui and her children, aged 3 to 16, were sleeping at their rented house in Dalmeny St when they heard thumping on the front door.

A neighbour […]

Family deaths rip out community’s heart

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 24/11/2005, pg. 1

SHE escaped a kind of hell to forge a new life and guided hundreds of others to a sense of belonging and safety, but Rita Sula’s own death was as tragic as the past she fled.

Mrs Sula and her daughter Connie, 15, died in a fire in her Toowoomba home early […]