MARGARET MARR MEMORIAL HOME FOR BOYS
TINGAL ROAD, WYNNUM, BRISBANE, QLD
USED AS BARRACKS FOR RAAF RADAR STATION NO. 23 AT LYTTON HILL

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Margaret Marr Memorial Home for Boys

 

There is a plaque located on a rock in a park near the corner of Tingal Road and Petersen Street at Wynnum, which commemorates the Margaret Marr Memorial Home for Boys. The park is near the entrance to the new Bayshore Housing Estate.

 

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During World War 2 the Margaret Marr Memorial Home for Boys was used as barracks for the staff of No. 23 Radar Station RAAF located at Lytton Hill near Fort Lytton. The Boys were relocated from their home to a disused hospital in Proston.

 

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The Plaque on the rock

 

Alan Webster and his brother were two of the boys at the Margaret Marr Memorial Home for a brief period at the latter end of 1941 before they were evacuated to Proston in the South Burnett region of Queensland.

In the lead up to the move and the closing of the home, one job Alan had was the killing of the chooks, their de-feathering and gutting ready for the pot.

In the period between the closing of the home and the move to Proston the boys were billeted with various church families in the Wynnum area. Alan's billet was with a Mrs. Tritton, who was the Chairperson of the Home’s committee at that time.

The move to Proston was made en masse by train. Alan cannot recall where they caught the train. There was flooding on the railway line north of Gympie and the train had to carefully proceed over bridges that were almost underwater.

On arrival at Proston they were again billeted with church families. Alan stayed with the Smith family and his brother stayed with the Day family who ran the local grocery store called Perren and Day.

The Home management had acquired a large timber dwelling on high stumps opposite the Anglican Church in Proston. It had large verandahs which were eventually closed in where the boys slept, and the staff lived in the existing upstairs facilities. Cooking and dining facilities were built in under the house.

The boys’ thunder boxes were in a separate building at the rear of the lot.

Discipline was strict, but Alan has no recollection of any child abuse during the brief period of the year they were "inmates" and Alan attributes that to the home being run by a “Master" and his wife and as Alan recollects it, all female staff.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

RAAF RADAR in WW II Pictorial I Overseas and Early Groups at Radio School

RAAF RADAR in WW II Pictorial II Mainland Stations

PICTORIAL III RAAF RADAR in WW II (An Album from all Areas)

The above three books were all published by:-

EW & E Simmonds
2/13 CROMER ct
Banora Point
NSW 2486

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Alan Webster for his assistance with this web page.

 

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