ROSLYN PERRY WITH her daughter Montannah.
ROSLYN PERRY WITH her daughter Montannah.

Iconic photo goes global

FOREST Hill resident Roslyn Perry never expected her baby to make news headlines around Australia and as far away as London and the US.

The photo which appeared on the front page of the Star, January 12, of Roslyn's baby Montannah, taken when they were airlifted by a Black Hawk and cradled by the pilot Tony Young has now become an iconic “face of the floods” photo for the nation and Mrs Perry recounted how that came to be.

It all started around 8am on Tuesday when she was snapping pics of the flood and she was compulsorily evacuated to Gatton, even though she is terrified of heights.

They sat there until midday.

“My mum ran directly to my house and she had Montannah and my other daughters, I told my 12-year-old just to run.”

She said her mum decided to have a panic attack in the middle of the ordeal.

“Then Tony grabbed Montannah and we all got in the chopper,” she said.

“Then they let me out with my three eldest ones and Montannah was on the other side with my mother.

“Suddenly I was screaming “where is my baby?” and they were just telling us to go to the Gatton Sports Centre.”

She said she was walking with her other kids and an SES man asked her if she was missing her baby.

“I said ‘yes' and just grabbed her and went up to the centre.”

Mrs Perry said she was fine dealing with the floods and her house had only damaged and mouldy carpets.

“How can Montannah be all over the news when she has a home? It should be someone who lost their home,” she said.

“My heart goes out to the people of Grantham and other flood victims who have lost so much.”

The latest offer has been by Australia Post who contacted her about making a stamp out of Montannah and Tony's encounter.

“All I asked for was the stamps; the money I don't care about because it can go back to the flood victims.”

Mrs Perry has been helping her father at Mt Sylvia clean up his home while she tries to return to normal life.


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