PALLARENDA BATTERY
PALLARENDA, TOWNSVILLE, QLD
DURING WW2

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The first search light emplacement with Townsville and Castle Hill in the distance

 

"The Gunners - A History of Australian Artillery" by David Horner shows that there were two 4.7" Mark IV QF guns at the Pallarenda Battery in August 1944. They were the two Quick Firing (QF) guns that had been relocated in 1943 along with the coastal artillery search light unit from Kissing Point Battery to the new Battery at Pallarenda.

There may have also been a battery of two 155mm guns at Cape Pallarenda. 

Lt. Robinson of 2 Australian Fire Command, acted as the Battery Officer at Pallarenda Battery on 13 January 1944 while his unit was based at HQ Coast Artillery at Kissing Point in Townsville. 2 Australian Fire Command carried out Fire Command duties for Townsville Fortress. Lt. Robinson left Pallarenda Battery for a training camp at Antill Plains on 2 March 1944. He went on 24 days leave from 24 April 1944 and returned to Pallarenda Battery on detachment on 25 May 1944.

Major Greet and Captain Stewart inspected Pallarenda Battery on 25 January 1944.

 

The first search light emplacement at Cape Pallarenda

 

The first search light emplacement at Cape Pallarenda with
the military radar on the hill in the background

 

My sister Vicki Stanfield and her daughter Kristy
at the first search light emplacement at Pallarenda

 

The first search light emplacement at Cape Pallarenda with Magnetic Island in the background

 

The first search light emplacement at Cape Pallarenda with Magnetic Island in the background

 

Inside the first search light emplacement at Pallarenda Battery

 

Jake Stanfield on the roof of the first gun emplacement at Pallarenda

 

A cable pit beside the first gun emplacement. There was a cable still inside this cable pit.

 

The first gun emplacement at Pallarenda

 

Inside the first gun emplacement. It had two rooms at the rear of the bunker.

 

Close-up of the gun mount arrangement inside the bunker

 

Looking inside one of the rooms of the first gun emplacement

 

The second search light emplacement located just behind the first gun emplacement bunker

 

Depression in the ground near the second search light bunker. There is a large wrought iron hoop around this hole.

 

Any ideas what this was for? 

A large timber pole perhaps to hold up some camouflage net?

 

Jake and Kristy Stanfield at the fourth bunker which
was the command bunker or Control Building.

 

Sapper McVe??? (perhaps McVeigh) and L. M. Dandon RAE left their
mark in some concrete near the command bunker on 24 May 1943

 

Rod Burgess from Townsville told me that a person named McVeigh also has his name written in some concrete at some cement and stone military buildings at West End

 

View through the viewing window in the top level of the command bunker

 

Side view of the two level Command Bunker

 

Rear view of the top level of the Command Bunker

 

Jake Stanfield inside the top level of the Command Bunker

 

Jake Stanfield inside the "machine gun" emplacement behind the command bunker

 

The "machine gun" emplacement with the Command Bunker visible in the background

 

Another view of the "machine gun" emplacement with Magnetic Island in the background

 

A concrete slab found further behind the "machine gun" emplacement

 

The fifth bunker (third search light emplacement) at Shelly Beach, near Pallarenda.

 

The fifth bunker (third search light emplacement) at Shelly Beach, near Pallarenda.

 

The fifth bunker (third search light emplacement) at Shelly Beach, near Pallarenda.

 

Inside the fifth bunker (third search light emplacement) at Shelly Beach, near Pallarenda.

 

WWII Bunker Tour of Townsville

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Fiona O'Grady and Rod Burgess for their assistance with this web page.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"The Gunners - A History of Australian Artillery"
by David Horner 

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

 

Can anyone help me with more information?

 

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This page first produced 12 November 2003

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