209 RADAR STATION RAAF
SANDGATE, QLD
THEN BENOWA, QLD
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

209 Radar Station was established as a unit at Sandgate north of Brisbane prior to relocating to their radar station at Benowa on the South Coast (now the Gold Coast).

209 Radar Station Benowa was one of nine ACO Radar Stations built in Australia during WWII, with four of them being in Queensland. It was located in a large area of bush which was then an extension of Southport. The location of the former radar station is just slightly south west of the Bundall Racecourse at the corner of Strathaird Road and Racecourse Drive.

One one occasion the Nerang River flooded cutting off the doover from the barracks. They were forced to use a row boat to keep the shifts on duty.

The barracks and storeroom were auctioned after the war and removed from the site.

 


Plan:- National Archives of Australia

Plan shows location of the Radar Station at top right (green area) and houses used as barracks etc.

 

Lorna Mabel Olsen (98286) (married name Brodie) early in 1945 was posted to 209 Radar Station at Benowa, Queensland for approximately six months. She was then posted to 135 Radar Station at Pinkenba near Brisbane in September 1945.

 

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