MILMAN BATTERY
COASTAL ARTILLERY TORRES STRAIT
MILMAN HILL, THURSDAY ISLAND
SEACOAST DEFENCE SITE
DURING WWII

visits since 30 July 2011

 

The Milman Battery on Milman Hill on Thursday Island had a Q.F. 4.7" Mk III gun, which had a range of 9,000 yards. It was operational there from July 1941 until December 1944. The 4.7" gun had been transferred from Victoria Barracks Square in Brisbane in December 1940.

The personnel manning the Milman Battery arrived on 20 March 1941 on board H.M.A.T. Zealandia. They had been transferred from Queensland L of C Area. Their Barracks at Milman Camp were built by the Department of Interior in July 1941. Their Mess was located at Links Camp.

A 6" searchlight was based on Milman Hill to support the 4.7" gun. A number of Beach Electric Lights powered by batteries were established. Thursday Island Fortress Headquarters was established at Milman Battery.

There was a Command Exchange located at Milman Battery.

"B" Detachment of the 104th Coastal Artillery (AA Separate) Battalion was based at Milman Hill on Thursday Island.

The 14th Australian Garrison Battalion (later became 62nd Australian Infantry Battalion) arrived on Thursday Island on 17 July 1942. The C.O. and the 2 I.C. made a recce patrol to Milman Hill on Thursday Island on 28 July 1942 to determine whether to station troops in that location.

 


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Milman Hill looking north east

 


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South east main room

 


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Looking south east

 


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Looking south west

 


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Looking west

 


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Looking north

 


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Stairs to bunker rooms

 


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Stairs to bunker rooms

 


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Entry door to bunker

 


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Roof of bunker

 


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Looking eastwards?

 


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Entry to small room off first bunker room

 


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Inside main room

 


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Inside small room showing communications window to main room

 


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Inside small room. Another entrance door show.

 


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Looking into bunker, small room on right.

 


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Window in a small room that looks into a second room

 


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Window to small room from second bunker room

 


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Rear wall and ceiling in first room in bunker

 


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Inside the 2nd room, that small window is on the right hand wall

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Trevor Costin for his assistance with this web page.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

The 'Letter Batteries' - The History of the 'Letter Batteries in World War II
By Reg Kidd and Ray Neal

Torres Strait Force
By Reg A. Ball

 

 

 

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