GLEESON FAMILY HOME AT UPPER ROSS RIVER
COMMANDEERED BY THE MILITARY
DURING WW2

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The Gleeson family home at Upper Ross River was commandeered by the RAAF as a Headquarters and accommodation for 76 Squadron which was based at the nearby Aitkenvale airfield. They were initially given 24 hours notice by the RAAF to vacate the house and property and remove their cattle and fowls etc. Mr. G. Roberts of Solicitors Roberts Leu & North wrote a letter to Arthur Fadden to see if the family could stay in the hay shed so that they could continue to run their farm. He also sought satisfactory and prompt compensation for the family.

 

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by Roger R. Marks

 

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