11TH AUSTRALIAN BASE WORKSHOP AEME
CAMP AT LILLIAN AVE, SALISBURY AND
WORKSHOP AT SITE OF FORMER ROCKLEA MUNITIONS FACTORY
IN BRISBANE DURING WWII

 

The 11th Australian Base Workshop A.E.M.E. moved to the site of five buildings of the former Rocklea Ammunition Factory on the southern side of Compo Road in about 6 November 1944 when General Motors made building No. 27 available to the Australian Army for use as a Tank Workshop Depot.

The 11 Aust Base Wkshp Camp area was established on Lillian Avenue on the site of the former Salisbury Civil Constructional Corps CCC Transit Camp. They extended the former smaller CCC Camp further southwards adding more buildings. The 11th Australian Base Workshop was bounded by Lillian Avenue to the north, Bidder Street to the west, and Regis Street to the east. It's southern boundary was about half way between Golda Street and Leah Avenue.

 


Photo:- BCC Aerial Photo 1946

11th Australian Base Workshop Camp Area.


NAA Plan

11th Australian Base Workshop Camp Area.

 


NAA Plan

The extent of the former CCC Transit Camp

 

The 11th Australian Base Workshop A.E.M.E. occupied the following buildings at the site of the former Rocklea Munitions Factory on Compo Road, which was later renamed as Evans Road:-

 

BUILDING NO. FORMER USE BY ROCKLEA AMMUNITION FACTORY USE BY 11TH AUSTRALIAN BASE WORKSHOP A.E.M.E.
Building No. 25 QF Mess Stores, and Wash-up Room are only two uses shown on the plan for this building.
Building No. 26 Main Casualty Building Men's waiting Room, Men's Casualty Room, Surgery Room, Examination Ward Medical Staff Room, Bath Room, Sisters Office, Rest Room, Women's Waiting Room.
Building No. 27 QF Case Factory & Machine Shop 3 Australian Base Workshop A.E.M.E. The building was also shared by the following other units:-  Brisbane Area Workshop A.E.M.E., and 3 Australian A.O.D.
Building No. 29 Factory Store Welding Bays, Checking Area, Offices, Shelving and Mezzanine
Building No. 54 Laboratory Commanding Officer, 2 I/C, A.O. Room, Orderly Room, Regimental Sergeant Major, Works Manager, Drawing Office, Duplicating Room, Control Officer, Inspection Staff, Accounting Section, Stores Accounting Office, Pay Office, Stationery Room, Boiler Room, Switch Room, Ladies Room, Men's Room

 


Photo:- BCC Aerial Photo 1946

Site of former Rocklea Ammunition Factory on Compo Road

 


Photo:- BCC Aerial Photo 1946

1946 Aerial photo of the cluster of buildings used
by the 11th Australian Base Workshop
 


NAA Plan

Part of National Archives of Australia plan showing the cluster
of buildings used by the 11th Australian Base Workshop.
They utilised building Nos. 25, 26, 27, 29 and 54.

 


NAA Photo 20 April 1944

Building No. 27 General Motors Rocklea which still exists today

 

Building 27 was engulfed in a large fire a number of years ago. Does anyone know the date that the fire occurred? The building to the right of the right hand doorway in the above photo was demolished. That is Project Street in the above photo with Engineering Street at right angles to it beside the northern wall of building No. 27.

 


NAA Photo 5 May 1944

Building No. 27 General Motors Rocklea looking north east from the roof of sand blast room

 


NAA Photo 5 May 1944

Building No. 27 General Motors Rocklea - view of Bays 18 to 21 P & W side

 


NAA Photo 11 March1944

Building No. 27 General Motors Rocklea - looking south P & W side

 


NAA Photo 11 March1944

Building No. 27 General Motors Rocklea - Bays G.4, 5, 6, 7

 


NAA Photo 20 April1944

Building No. 54 General Motors Rocklea - view from South West of Office

 

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