"HANLON'S HIDEOUTS"
AIR RAID SHELTERS IN FLINDER'S STREET,
TOWNSVILLE, QLD
DURING WW2

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Fifteen concrete air raid shelters were constructed in Flinders Street, Townsville during WW2 to protect the citizens of Townsville during possible Japanese air raids. These air raid shelters became known as "Hanlon's Hideouts". Their construction was warranted as the Japanese carried out three bombing raids against Townsville.

 

Air Raid shelters can be seen in Flinders Street. The Townsville Post
Office on the left has it clock tower removed during the war
to avoid it becoming a target during Japanese air raids

 

Air Raid shelters in Flinders Street

 

Demolition of the air raid shelters in Flinders Street after the war.

 

WWII Bunker Tour of Townsville

 

Air Raid Shelter Townsville Railway Station

 

BOOK REFERENCES

"Townsville at War 1942 - Life in a Garrison City"
by Darryl McIntyre

 

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This page first produced 25 July 2002

This page last updated 13 May 2015