RICH BUILDING
CORNER OF WHARF STREET
AND ADELAIDE STREET
BRISBANE, QLD, QUARTERS
FOR GHQ ENLISTED MEN
DURING WWI

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The Rich Building located on the corner of Wharf Street and Adelaide Street in Brisbane, Queensland was commandeered by the military during WWII and was used as living quarters for the Enlisted Men who worked in General Douglas MacArthur's General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area (GHQ SWPA).

One of those enlisted men was Wilbert Block who was a clerk in GHQ, SWPA in the AMP Building in 1944. Wilbert Block revisited GHQ, SWPA on 16 February 2010 when he visited the MacArthur Museum Brisbane which is located on the 8th Floor of the old AMP Building.

 


Photo:- Wilbert Block

Rich Building during WWII. Rich Lane is located behind the Rich Building.

 


Photo:- Wilbert Block

Enlisted Men's bunks inside the Rich Building during WWII

 

The December 1942 Military Telephone Directory for Brisbane shows the following entries for the Rich Building:-

HEADQUARTERS COMMANDANT

Orderly Room:
    Lieutenant G.G. Evans
    Lieutenant I.F. Kardos.

 

The October 1943 edition of the Military Telephone Directory for Brisbane shows the following entries for the Rich Building:-

HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, GHQ, SWPA

Orderly Room
    Captain F.G. Fultz
    1st Sergeant

Personnel Office
    Lieutenant D.C. Thurmon
    Chief Clerk

Company Supply Sergeant

 

The May 1944 edition of the Military Telephone Directory for Brisbane shows  the following entries for the Rich Building:-

HEADQUARTERS COMMANDANT, GHQ, SWPA

Guard:
    Lieutenant T.J. Esterbrook (2nd Floor Rich Building)
    Officer of the Day (2nd Floor Rich Building)

HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, GHQ, SWPA

Orderly Room Barracks "A"
    Lieutenant D. C. Thurmon (2nd Floor Rich Building)
    1st Sergeant (2nd Floor Rich Building)
    Supply Sergeant (2nd Floor Rich Building)

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Karen Nunan for her assistance with this web page.

 

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