BASE SECTION 2 OFFICER'S CLUB
8-10 THE AVENUE,  HERMIT PARK,
TOWNSVILLE, QLD
COMMANDEERED BY THE MILITARY
DURING WWII

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During WWII the US Army took over the large house at 8-10 The Avenue, Hermit Park. The house had been sold by the Rooney family in 1940 and had been used by Ernst Kjellberg as a large medical clinic until 1968. It is possible that this may have been the Officer's Club for Base Section 2.

 


Photo:- Gordon Heup Collection

Gordon Heup of the 48th Quartermaster Truck Regiment describes this location as the
"Officer Club and Dance Pavilion (left in picture) believe this was in downtown Townsville"
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I believe this is Base Section 2 Officer's Club at 8 - 10 The Avenue, Hermit Park, Townsville.

 

Mavis Youles contacted me by e-mail on 22 July 2102 and told me that the The Avenue, at Hermit Park, Townsville was used for R&R by the military. I've assumed that this was the house located at 8 - 10 The Avenue, Hermit Park. There was a  huge tent in the front yard of the allotment and there were dances nearly every night. The music was very catching and loud. Lots of Glen Miller music.

Mavis said they were a very friendly lot, and they had first preference for the ice from the ice works on Charters Towers Rd. The locals had to wait hours for their ice supply. Mavis was a young child at the time and her mother would send them for some ice. They would carry it home in a sugar bag. Not many households had fridges in those days. If they had one it was run on kerosene.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Mavis Youles for her assistance with this web page.

 

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