An airline tragedy had unfolded in Botany Bay four days earlier and on this day in 1961 the image of an Ansett-ANA Viscount being hauled out of the water brought the disaster home to readers.
This crash, which killed 15 people including four crew, was particularly felt in Canberra - the destination for Flight 325 from Mascot airport.
The grim task of retrieving bodies had fallen to navy and police divers and once they had cleared the wreckage, it was brought to the surface.
In these early days after the crash, investigations focused on a theory that a wing had been defective on the plane. The aircraft maker, British Aircraft Corporation, had grounded eight other Viscounts earlier in the year after small cracks were found in two of the planes in Africa.
However, none of the planes in Australia were found to have damage, including the one crashed in Botany Bay.
In the end the investigation found the cause of the accident was the failure of the starboard outer wing, which bent upwards due to tensile overloading. The crash was Ansett's first fatal accident since it began operating in 1935.
In 2011 The Canberra Times revisited the story of the crash to mark the 50th anniversary.