• Hugh McDermott

80th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

I addressed the Parliament of NSW to commemorate and remember the 80th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.


I made mention of one special local family in the Electorate of Prospect, who continue to remember the bombing of Darwin in their own unique way.


Wilbert ‘Darky’ Hudson was a gunner with the Australian Army during World War II.

On the morning of the Darwin Bombing, Hudson heard the sounds of the first bombs drop while he was in the shower.


Wearing nothing but his boots, hat and a towel, Hudson shot down an attacking energy bomber. It was the first enemy aircraft to be shot down on the Australian mainland.

After ‘Darky’ returned from the war, he married June and they moved to Greystanes to raise their family. The family still live there today.


'Darky' and his wife have since passed away, but his children Wendy and Robert continue to make the regular trip to Darwin to commemorate their father’s incredible bravery during the Japanese bombing of the city on 19th February 1942.



Lest we forget.

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