Scars not just on landscape
It was 10.59am on October 14, 1968. It was a public holiday Monday and life in the tiny Wheatbelt town of Meckering was much like any other day. Greg Morrell was bringing a truckload of lambs into town. Ann Williams was making a cup of tea. Don Reynolds was helping his father demolish a shed. Alice Snooke was nine months pregnant and at home. Graham Snooke was on his tractor towing a hay baler.
And then it hit. The earthquake. For 40 seconds, the 6.9-force quake shook and all but destroyed the small community.
The physical scars of that day nearly 50 years ago are still there to be seen. But the mental scars ran deeper.
For some, they were scars that stayed with them for the rest of their lives.
“It was very traumatic for a lot of people, especially the older folk,” one long-time resident said. “Many of them never recovered.”
Meckering couple Graham and Alice Snooke at the ruins of their home, Salisbury.