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Tribute

In the early hours of Tuesday 16 December 2014, Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson lost their lives in the cafe siege in Sydney. A few hours later, Sydneysiders began to leave tributes in Martin Place — flowers, notes, objects. The trickle became a river and then a flood.

Those of us who work in the Central Business District are haunted by one thought: it could have been me.

Martin Place, Sydney, flowers, siege

A woman takes flowers to the memorial in Martin Place.

Martin Place, Sydney, flowers, siege

More flowers for the memorial in Martin Place.

Christmas teddy bear among the flowers.

Christmas teddy bear among the flowers.

Martin Place, Sydney, siege, condolence

Writing a note of condolence.

Martin Place, Sydney, flowers, seige

A large note among the flowers.

Martin Place, Sydney, siege

Candles, menorah and frangipani flowers.

Martin Place, Sydney, siege, flowers

One of the many personal notes among the flowers.

Martin Place, Sydney, siege, flowers

The two florists in Martin Place could not keep up with demand.

Martin Place, Sydney, siege, flowers

Writing notes of condolence.