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

By Carol Altmann

A decade on, journalist Carol Altmann seems at how the folks, where, the killer, and the total nation has replaced because the bad bloodbath at one in all Australia's such a lot notorious old landmarks.

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I wasn’t feeling peaceful. It’s just a funny effect. ’ Keith was desperate to find Walter and was able to convince those at the roadblock to let him drive through to the Port Arthur motel where many of those at the site were now holed up in darkness, unsure if the gunman was still at large. Keith remembers some of those gathered were still spattered with blood and body matter, their faces pale and wide-eyed. He began to feel intensely thirsty and unsteady on his legs as the shock set in, but he continued to search for Walter among the crowd.

I think for a period of probably a bit more than a year, there was a sister with me all the time. ’ Port Arthur Text•book 24/1/06 5:52 PM Page 51 Jumping puddle s: Brig id and Ian 51 It was a support network that had been established from birth. In such a large family, each older sibling was ‘delegated’ a younger sister to look after and that sister would, in turn, look after another. As the second eldest, Brigid had done a lot of caring. She originally moved to Australia as a 21 year old to help look after her younger sister Felicity, a dancer, who was living in Melbourne.

You can buy a helicopter. I’ve got the money, don’t you understand, I’ve got the money,’ Bryant said, his voice rising angrily. What the police didn’t know at that time was that Mrs Martin was already dead. As the conversation trailed on, Bryant gave the first clue as to what, in his mind, prompted him to kill the Martins. He described Sally Martin as ‘bad news’ and explained that his father was going to buy the small farm the Martins owned at Palmers Lookout Road before Mrs Martin ‘started causing trouble’.

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