ATHERTON TABLELANDS, QLD
Due to its closeness to the jungle training areas on the Atherton Tablelands in tropical north Queensland, the Rocky Creek area was chosen to locate hospitals, convalescent depots, field ambulance units, medical stores, Red Cross Supply stores, bacteria laboratories, laundries, etc. The following are some of the medical units based in the Rocky Creek area during WW2:-
19th Field Ambulance
5th Australian Camp Hospital (200 beds)
2/2nd Australian General Hospital (1200 - 1800 beds)
2/6th Australian General Hospital (1200 - 1800 beds)
2/1st Australian Convalescent Depot (1200 beds)
1st Australian Camp Hospital
4th Ambulance Train
47th Australian Camp Hospital
Australian Red Cross Society
Foundation of a building at Rocky Creek
Rocky Creek area at bottom left of the aerial photo taken 1 July 1943
Close-up of the abovementioned area
Today there is a magnificent monument located at Rocky Creek adjacent to the road between Mareeba and Atherton. It consists of over 50 large rocks upon which are mounted plaques dedicated to the men and women who served in the area and many other units that served in the South West Pacific Area and other theatres of war. See the photographs below which I took in September 2001. It would appear that more plaques will be erected as time goes by.
Some of the many monuments at Rocky Creek
PHOTOS OF ALL THE PLAQUES THAT WERE ERECTED AS AT 8 SEPTEMBER 2001
I'd like to thank David Adams for providing the above aerial photographs.
Can anyone help me with more information?
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This page first produced 18 September 2001
This page last updated 06 September 2018