Author(s): Carol Altmann
When the gunshots started no one could quite believe it. A beautiful day. A tranquil setting despite its grim past. It was 28 April 1996, the day of the worst civilian massacre in history. The day 35 innocent people were murdered at Port Arthur. All Australians reeled in shock at the news. But what happens to those involved once the headlines have faded and the TV cameras have been switched off? For those who had witnessed the horror or lost loved ones, their lives had been changed irrevocably. Learning to cope with such an experience is a life-long process. Through very personal stories, After Port Arthur documents the profound effects the event has had on the people involved. Their ongoing search to find strength in such tragedy is testament to the greater human spirit.
Contents Prologue 1 The Massacre 2 Shades of Blue: Walter and Keith 3 Jumping puddles: Brigid Cook and Ian McElwee 4 A different man: Ron Neander 5 The Truth is out There: Wendy ScurrThe VideoConspiracy theories 6 Behind the Lens: Leigh Winburn 7 A Country Practice: Dr Pam FenertyMoving the Cross 8 The Mayor of Tasmania: Neil Noye 9 The Frontline: The Dells 10 A Man of Many Hats: Dr Ian Sale 11 The Trauma Bay: Dr Bryan Walpole 12 The Perfect Storm: Martin Bryant 13 Biting the Bullet: Gun law reforms 14 A Violent Place: Port Arthur 15 Surfacing Those who died in the Port Arthur MassacreNotes