It was winter 1979 when a young family from far west NSW travelled to Sydney for the holiday of a lifetime. Dad John, mum Jenny and their two young children Damien and Craig enjoyed a week in the ‘big smoke’, before spending their final day sight-seeing on the lower north shore.
On Sunday, June 9, the family explored Taronga Zoo and then made plans to spend the evening at Luna Park. Jenny would later recall that her family was in high spirits, with her boys enjoying everything the entertainment landmark had to offer.
“It was nearly time for us to leave,” she told reporters, “the boys asked John if they could have another ride on the Ghost Train and he agreed.”
As Godson queued up with his boys, Jenny left to buy ice creams. It was 10:30pm.