Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Sydney Hilton Hotel Bombing Fortieth Anniversary

Sydney Hilton Plaque

Mr ALISTER HENSKENS ( Ku-ring-gai ) ( 16:52 :20 ): Whether or not the Irish nationalist who attempted to kill Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1868 committed the first terrorist attack on Australian soil is a matter of historical debate. What is not debatable is that yesterday Sydney paused to remember the lives lost 40 years ago when a bomb exploded outside the city's Hilton Hotel—a terrible domestic terror attack. The victims included William Arthur Favell, 36 years of age, affectionately known as Blue or Bluey or dad. He was husband to Jeanette, known to those close to her as Betty, and father to Cassandra, who was only seven years old at the time. Bill was killed instantly.

Alec Raymond Carter, 37 years of age, who was husband to Jean and father to Christine and Susan, who were seven and nine years of age at the time, was also killed instantly. Constable First Class Paul Burmistriw, who was 31 years of age, was a son, brother and fiancé. Paul suffered serious head injuries and died of his wounds nine days after the attack on the 22 February 1978. Bill Ebb, who was 46 years of age, a City of Sydney Council worker and driver of the garbage truck, suffered injuries from the blast of the explosion. Sergeant Arthur Edward Hawtin, known affectionately as John, who was 46 years of age, suffered shrapnel wounds. Senior Constable Terry Griffiths, who was 34 years old at the time, was severely injured with abdomen and foot injuries and hearing loss.

Constable Rodney Wither, 25 years old at the time, suffered shrapnel wounds and hearing loss. Colin Nichols, who was 23 years old, a waiter at the Sydney Hilton, suffered serious shrapnel wounds and was kept in intensive care. Carlos Quaglia, a taxi driver who was thrown over the bonnet of his taxi, suffered shock and bruises. John Watson, who was 27 years old, was a council employee who suffered cuts and bruises. Rosamund Dallow was a Hilton Hotel employee. She barely missed the explosion as she walked in a secured staff entrance of the Hilton. Kenneth McKenzie, 25 years old, suffered lacerations. Mrs Christine Bidarp, a Hilton Hotel employee, suffered shock. Four of the 12 people who were there that day and suffered the effects of the attack were present at yesterday's memorial service. I pay special tribute to Rosamund Dallow, Carlos Quaglia, Terry Griffiths who organised yesterday's memorial, and Rod Wither.