Townsville, Queensland, March 1903

Cyclone Leonta, 1903

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14 Fatalities
2 Businesses Destroyed

Cyclone Leonta hit Townsville on 9 March 1903. Very destructive winds caused significant damage to a number of buildings. The grammar school was largely destroyed and one of the General Hospital's main wards collapsed.

The cyclone caused 14 deaths. Nine people died in the hospital. Two people were found dead in destroyed houses, and another at Stanton Hill. There were two deaths in Charters Towers when Leonta moved further inland.

The damage in 1903 was estimated at approximately £250,000.


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