RESIDENCES & BUILDINGS COMMANDEERED/USED
BY THE MILITARY IN BRISBANE DURING WW2

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5 Langshaw Street, Langshaw Flats, New Farm
may have been known as "The Embassy"
9 Merthyr Rd, New Farm
Quarters for Lieutenant Colonel W. J. Blake
18 - 20 Adelaide St.
National Australia Bank of Australasia Limited Building
RAAF Central Negative Library
21 Henry Street, Ascot
Central Bureau
22 Roma St.
Quartermaster Baggage Section
28 Hiron St, St Lucia
Was it used by the military in WWII?
29 Ryans Road, St. Lucia
Residence for General Blamey
44 Buckle St., Northgate
US Radar Unit
45 Eldernell Tce, Hamilton
Central Bureau
47 Alfred Street,
Fortitude Valley
Air Freight Receiving Depot, Base 3 Transportation Corps

54 - 58 Wickham Tce.
American Red Cross Area Director's Office

60 Riverview Terrace
Chemical Warfare School Annex.
74 - 76 Eagle St.
Royal Exchange Building
Fifth Air Force Laboratory
107 Windermere Road, Hamilton
Chemical Warfare School
115 Queen St.
Permanent Bank Building
Allied Geographical Section
198 Grey St.
Rail Passenger & Freight Bookings
275 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
US Army Transportation and Radio Station
313 Adelaide St.
American Red Cross HQ's
329 Adelaide St.
(329-331 is Horsham House)
Overseas Motion Picture Exchange
334 Queen St.
Section 22, GHQ, SWPA
(Intelligence Unit)
470 Queen St.
Motor Pool
700 Ann Street
Ships Service and Officers Clothing Store (U.S. Navy)
? Abbotsford Road
Sub-motor Pool
American Centre
Old Town Hall Arcade, Queen St., Brisbane
? Fray St
US Engineer's Local Issue Depot
AMP Building
- General HQ, SWPA
- HQ Allied Air Forces SWPA

- HQ RAAF Command
- 108 Fighter Sector HQ
- HQ 5th Air Force
- HQ 5th Air Force Support (Service) Command
- Air Force Directorate of Intelligence
Ann St, & North Quay
Military Police Garage
Ann Street
Army Pay Office
(close to concrete high wall above King George Square)
Ascot Chambers Building
Headquarters, Com Seventh Fleet (U.S. Navy) Ships Store
Ashby House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Ballow St.
USAF Warehouse No. 9
Barry Parade
Hospital Laundry
 Barry Parade
Warehouse No. 16
"Beaufort Hill"
59 Wellington St., Clayfield
used by Americans
Beerwah Private Hotel (113 rooms), cnr Gregory Tec & Brunswick St (opposite Museum)
Quarters for US Navy Enlisted Men
Bell House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Bell Brothers Warehouse, Water Street, Fortitude Valley, used by US Navy (see Bell House)  Berwick Street, Fortitude Valley
Headquarters for 56th Battery
Benedict Stone Building
Light Street, Fortitude Valley
Blackheath Boys' Home, Oxley
Anti-aircraft Training School, Air Defence
Blunder Road, Oxley,
105th Chemical Impregnation Co.
"Braelands"
Residence for
General George H. Brett
Breakfast Creek Rd.
Warehouse No. 15
Brett's Wharf
Port Office
Bridge St.,
US Air Force Warehouse No. 1

Bridge & Ann Sts
USAF Warehouse No. 7

Brothels located in Brisbane
during WW2
Brown Building
HQ's Squadron, Fifth Air Force and Main Barracks and office of HQ's Commandant, 5th Air Force Service Command
Campbell St.,
USAF Warehouse No. 5
Canberra Hotel
U.S. Navy Officer's Mess and Billeting
? Church St.
Finance Office
"Cintra", 55 Boyd St.,
Bowen Hills
Photo Lab for Army Pictorial Service
"Clinton House", New Farm
now 152 Dewar Terrace, Corinda

Quarters for US Navy Officers
Club Hotel
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Commercial Bank Building
Engineers Offices, US Army
Commercial Rd, Bulimba
USAF Warehouse No. 8
Commonwealth Building, Adelaide St.
RAAF HQ's
Constance St., Valley
Signal Warehouse
(Possibly old SEQEB Depot??)

Corner Grey & Ernests Sts
Base No. 3, Staff Car Motor Pool

Cossey Motors building
cnr of Bridge and Ann Streets
Fortitude Valley

Supply Squadron Barracks, 81st Air Depot Group
Cotna House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Courier Building
Army Post Office, APO 550
"Craigroyston"
Craigston Hotel
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Corner of Ann St & Commercial Rd.
US Navy Officers Barracks
Denhams Storage Building
Possibly No. 6 Warehouse, Depot Supply Section, 81st Air Depot Group
Desmond Chambers, Adelaide St. between Creek and Wharf St.
Australian Army Canteen
Dimmock House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Doctor Carver Club, 100 Grey St., opposite South Brisbane Railway Station
U.S. Army Canteen for Negroes
Eagers, Newstead
Ordnance Parts Depot
Edward-Dunlop Building
Now Catholic Centre, Edward St

61st Machine Records Unit
Embassy Hotel, Brisbane
USN Officers Quarters
Empire Hotel
Quarters for US Navy Enlisted Men
Enderley? House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Exton's Building
Chemical Warfare Section, Fifth Air Force and the Ordnance and Signal sections of US 5th Air Force Service Command
Fire Station at Ascot Park
77 Kitchener Road, Ascot
Used by Central Bureau
Forgan Smith Building, University of QLD, St. Lucia
General Blamey's Land Headquarters, Allied Land Forces, SWPA
Grand Hotel
USN Officers Quarters
Grand Central Hotel
U.S. Navy Officer's Mess and Billeting
"Grangehill"
Gregory Terrace Spring Hill,
Accommodation for 3 Stores Depot RAAF
Gresham Hotel, Brisbane
USN Officers Quarters
Hadwen's Garage
US Ordnance Repair Section
"Halcyon"
46 Hawthorne Rd., Hawthorne
Hampton Court, New Farm
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Harwick Apartments
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Heindorff House, 171 Queen St.,
Allied Intelligence Bureau
Herschell St. & North Quay
Quartermaster Sales, Division
Jackson's Store, Water Street, Fortitude Valley, leased by military "Jerdanefield", Ryans Road?, St. Lucia
Residence of "Batman" and personal staff for General Blamey
John McGrath Building, Wickham Street Fortitude Valley
3 Stores Depot RAAF
John McGrath Building, Wickham Street Fortitude Valley
Depot Supply Section, 81st Air Depot Group
Josephson House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Kanadu House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
"Kelsey", Hiron St., St. Lucia
Quarters for Generals from ALHQ
Kelvin Grove Rd & Ithaca St.
Warehouse No. 14
Kelvin House
Hostel for military servicewomen
near Brisbane City Hall
"Kensington"
Boarding House next to 1FSHQ in Ann Street, city, used as WAAAF's barracks
"Kirkston", Rupert St., Windsor
Used by Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO)
Lennon's Hotel (Bataan), George St.
Quarters for Gen. & Mrs MacArthur and his Senior Officers from GHQ
Lirkcoldy House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Loreto Girls School, Coorparoo
Australian Army Convalescent Hospital
Luna Park (Cloudland Ballroom)
Camp for the Americans
Luna Park
HQ's Company, GHQ, SWPA
MacRobertson Building
Training Film Center
Macquarie Street house, St Lucia
General Blamey's initial residence
Marden House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Margaret Marr Memorial Home for Boys, Tingal Road, Wynnum
(Staff Barracks for No. 23 Radar Station RAAF)
MacNish, Macrossan and Dowling Solicitors building
(Where was this building?)
Used by American Army Intelligence Corps
Magdalen Hospital, Wooloowin, Brisbane
US Camp occupied by the 94th Coast Artillery Group
"Miegunyah" McIntosh Building
Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
US Air Force Fifth Air Force Service Command
McKelvey House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
McWhirters Building
Theater Fiscal Office
and Intelligence section of the US Fifth Air Force Service Command
Melvic House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Mespil? House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Moorlands, in grounds of Wesley Hospital
General Blamey's residence
Mt. Isa House, corner Adelaide St & Wharf St.
Australian Army Canteen
Mt. Gravatt Showgrounds
Ordnance Motor pool
"Neilson House"
Rosebery Terrace, Chelmer
ATIS Camp
"Netherway"
Boarding House on corner of North Quay & Herschel St. used for WAAAF barracks
Neville Court
Residence for Colonel Fry of 81st Air Depot Group
"Newman House"
(Caboolture)
Newstead House
Barracks for U.S. Army Photo Unit
New Zealand Chambers Building
Phib. For. and Public Works Office
Headquarters, Com Seventh Fleet (U.S. Navy)
New Zealand Insurance Co. Building
US Navy Amphibious Forces HQ's
Old Courier Building
Office of the Engineer and Medical Section, US Fifth Air Force Service Command
Old Mill Building
111 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley

Old Mill Barracks, Orderly Room & HQ Squadron Barracks, Fifth Air Force Service Command
Old Mill Annex (Valley)
Special Service
May be same as Old Mill Building
Osmaston Apartments, New Farm
Quarters for US Navy Officers

Overland Building
Legal Assistance Office, Fifth Air Force and Production Control Section of the US 5th Air Force Service Command

"Palma Rosa"
American Counter  Intelligence Unit
Palmer House
Quarters for US Navy Enlisted Men
Palmers Hotel, Main St, Kangaroo Point
Quarters for US Navy Enlisted Men
Perry House Perry House
Section 22 (Intelligence Unit)
Primary Building
cnr Creek & Adelaide Sts.
US Army Post Exchange
Princess Theatre
8 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba

used by ARP and US Army Entertainment Unit
 
  QATB Hut at Nudgee Beach
Used by members of 56 Battery Searchlight
Ramsay Garage
Motor Pool and Barracks, and the 
Transportation group of the Headquarters Squadron of the US 5th Air Force Service Command
Reid House
RAAF Photographic Section
Regatta Hotel
USN Officers Quarters
Rex Building
MP Company Supply
Rich Building, cnr Wharf & Adelaide Sts
Quarters for GHQ Enlisted men
Richard House
Quarters for US Navy Enlisted Men
Riverview, 2 Edward St
Riverview Leave Area dormitories
"Rhyndarra"
Yeronga
? Roma Street
War Department, Buld Publication Warehouse  
Roma Street Police Station
Control Centre for Police and Civil Defence Volunteers
Roman Catholic Church/School in Bage Street, Nundah
Command Centre for the anti-aircraft installations in the area.
Royston House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Sharlands Depot
HQ's Commandant, GHQ, Supply
Shingle Inn Restaurant
Edward Street - very popular with military personnel in Brisbane
"Somerville House"
US Base Section 3 Headquarters
St. Laurence's College
HQ Brisbane Fortress Command
South Brisbane Municipal Chambers, Vulture St.
also known as the South Brisbane Town Hall - Office of the Provost Marshall - Base Section No 3
South Brisbane, also US Army Chaplain's Office
South Brisbane Police Station
US Military Police Station
South Brisbane Railway Station
Rail Transport Office
St. John's Wood Embassy
2/1 Australian Chemical Warfare Laboratory
St. Joseph's College, Nudgee Junior, Indooroopilly
US Army Hospital
St. Laurence's College
Headquarters for Brisbane Fortress Command
St. Mary's Marist Brothers' College, Ashgrove
Australian Army
Stanley & Glenelg Sts.
Quartermaster Clothing Shop No. 2
Steele Building
University of QLD, St. Lucia

General Blamey's Land Headquarters, Allied Land Forces, SWPA
Story Bridge Hotel
Accommodation for RAN Officers and ratings
Stradbroke House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Syringa?
Quarters for US Navy Officers
T & G Building, Queen St.,
HQ's, US Army Forces in the Far East
T.C. Beirne Building
US 3rd Medical Supply Depot
Terrica House, Corner of Creek and
Adelaide Streets, Brisbane
American Red Cross Service Club,
Terrydale House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
Theatre Royal, Elizabeth St.
US Army Special Service Office
Thomas Brown & Co. Pty. Ltd. Building, Eagle St.
Used by the US Army
Thorncliff House
Quarters for US Navy Officers
"Tighnabruaich"
(Witton Barracks - Indooroopilly)
Triton's Building, North Quay
US Army Parcel Post Section
United Service Club
previously "Montpelier"
Accommodation for American Servicemen
U.S. Army Canteen, corner Adelaide St. & Creek St. Walter Reid Building, Charlotte Street
Section 22
Ward Motors
Cnr. Church St. & Wickham St.
Fortitude Valley

RAN Naval Stores Depots
Ward Motors
Cnr. Church St. & Wickham St., Fortitude Valley
HQ and HQ Squadron
81st Air Depot Group
Ward Motors
Cnr. Church St. & Wickham St., Fortitude Valley
Guard Detachment & Barracks
81st Air Depot Group
Warehouses of the 81st Air Depot Group (22 off) Water & Warry Sts.
USAF Warehouse No. 2
Waterloo Hotel and Annex
Officers Mess and BOQ (U.S. Navy)
Wickham St., near Constance St.
Valley Motor Pool
"Whytecliffe"
Albion Heights - used as WAAAF barracks
Wickham & Ann Sts
USAF Warehouse No. 6
Wills Building in Ann Street opposite St. John's Cathedral
8 Fighter Sector Headquarters
on 3rd Floor
Wilson House
Photographic Section & Historian, Fifth Air Force
Windsor State School
US Navy Submarine Supply Depot
Woolshed "A", Newstead
Warehouse No. 12
Woolshed "M", Newstead
Warehouse No. 11
Woolworths Building, Queen St.
US Army Exchange Service
Wright Building
Dispensary, Fifth Air Force
"Wybenie"
Gregory Terrace Spring Hill,
Accommodation for 3 Stores Depot RAAF
"Yungaba", former Immigration Depot, now Yungaba Training & Conference Centre
120 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, near
MacKenzie Street used as Military Hospital

 

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