RESIDENCE FOR LIEUTENANT COLONEL FRY
COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 81ST AIR DEPOT GROUP
|visits since 24 November 2002|
"Neville Court" was used as the residence for Lt. Colonel Fry the Commanding Officer of the 81st Air Depot Group while they were based in Brisbane in southern Queensland.
Lt. Col. Fry, Commanding Officer, 81st Air Depot Group
Many parties were held at "Neville Court" One such function was the Officer's Thanksgiving Party on 26 November 1942. The pathway to the house was lit with pumpkin Jack-o-lanterns, the lawns were decorated with corn stalks and a turkey strutted about in a corner of the courtyard. There is a 2 level substantial residence called "Neville Court" in Maxwell Street, New Farm. It has a fountain in the front yard.
Guests danced on the patio to the sound of an orchestra. A very pleasant buffet was served complete with lashings of turkey.
During the formal proceedings of the night, General Connell presented Colonel Fry with a dumbbell in memory of an incident he would rather have forgotten. He went for a flight from Eagle Farm airfield in a Dutch B-22 on approximately 25 November 1942 and managed to retract the undercarriage when landing and completing a very smooth belly landing!!
"The 81st A.D.G."
I'd like to thank Mandy Albert for her assistance with this web site.
© Peter Dunn 2006
This page first produced 24 November 2002
This page last updated 22 June 2008