After Port Arthur: Personal stories of courage and by Carol Altmann

By Carol Altmann

A decade on, journalist Carol Altmann appears to be like at how the folk, where, the killer, and the full state has replaced because the awful bloodbath at one in all Australia's such a lot notorious ancient landmarks.

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Raising his arms, Archbishop Harrower called upon those before him to remember the commanding words that Walter Mikac had read during the funerals of Nanette, Alannah and Madeline. ’ The words reverberated off the high sandstone walls of the century-old cathedral, where candles of remembrance still burn in a small shrine for victims of Port Arthur. Walter Mikac not only penned a potent message, he remains in many minds as living proof of it. Port Arthur Text•book 24/1/06 5:52 PM Page 43 3 JUMPING PUDDLES: BRIGID AND IAN T There are 704 steps to the elevator which sweeps to the top of the Eiffel Tower and, two years after Martin Bryant shot her through both legs, Brigid Cook climbed each one of them.

It didn’t give me the horrors, it didn’t worry me. ’ Despite his spiritual beliefs, Keith did not read too much into the experience, nor did he want to venture into theories that the house is haunted. Instead, he was happy to hold on to the ‘lovely feeling’ that, even once he left the peninsula, he would still be connected with the house that his girls called home. The Tasman Peninsula community turned on a huge farewell party for one of its favourite citizens – even if he was still a few decades away from being a true ‘local’ – and people spoke openly of how much they would miss the man who had helped hold the place together after the massacre.

Ian soon heard the chilling sound of more shots coming from the top of Jetty Road. Although Ian was not entirely sure if it was Bryant who had left in the Volvo, or if there was more than one gunman, he decided to take a chance on briefly leaving Brigid and ‘running like a rabbit’ to the nearby Information Centre where he tried to phone for help. In the stuff of nightmares, Ian repeatedly dialled 000, but there was no connection. ’ Ian yelled at her: ‘There’s a bloke heading your way and he’s been shooting everyone down here.

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