RAAF BUSSELTON W/T REMOTE
RECEIVING STATION BUNKER
BUSSELTON, WA
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

The RAAF WWII Busselton Wireless/Telegraphy Remote Receiving Station bunker was still located on 20 acres of bushland was owned by 87 year old Terry Germain in mid 2021. It was being used by Terry to store his collection of 31 rare and restored vintage motor cycles. Terry found the original plans (dated 1941 and 1942) for the bunker hanging near the entrance door. The bunker was half buried in the ground during WWII to aid with its camouflage.

 


Photo:- ABC South West: Ellie Honeybone (photo used with permission)

Terry Germain's motorcycle collection inside the bunker

 


Photo:- ABC South West: Ellie Honeybone (photo used with permission)

The entrance to the Remote Receiving Station bunker

 


Photo:- ABC South West: Ellie Honeybone (photo used with permission)

Terry Germain inside the Busselton RAAF W/T Remote Receiving Station bunker

 

Provisions hade been made via Air Board Agendum No. 3544 for aerial, earth and power supply systems and control lines to be supplied and erected by the Postmaster-General's Department at an estimated cost of 7,250.

The clearing and fencing of the site, buildings including tanks, and stands, water service, etc and 1,000 gallon underground fuel storage tank and access road were later estimated to cost 4,710 and the work was to be carried out via the Department of the Interior. The estimate to take over the land under National Security (General) Regulations was for a cost of 245. The Air Member for Organisation and Equipment submitted a project for approval to the Air Board for a total estimated cost to date of 7,495.

The proposal to erect the buildings and services for the W/T Remote Receiving Station at a total estimated cost of 4,710 was approved by the Air Board on 18 March 1942.

The RAAF W/T Transmitting Station was located approximately 1 miles west of the Busselton Airfield on the southern side of Rendezvous Road near the intersection with Peppermint Way. It is not clear if this was in an ordinary building or a reinforced concrete bunker. There are no signs of it being visible on Google Earth.

Other RAAF facilities in the Busselton area were 33 Radar Site RAAF located approximately 3.85 kms south of the lighthouse on Cape Naturaliste and an RAAF H/F D/F Station probably located near the Busselton airfield.

 


Plan:- NAA

Location of the Busselton W/T Remote Receiving Station bunker

 


Plan:- NAA

Nine 50 foot masts can be seen surrounding the Remote Receiving bunker

 


Plan:- Terry Germain via Tim Blue

This plan shows five aerial posts around the outside of the bunker (not in this contract)

 


Plan:- Terry Germain via Tim Blue

Side Elevation of W/T Remote Receiving Station Bunker

 


Plan:- Terry Germain via Tim Blue

Section Y Y of the W/T Remote Receiving Station Bunker

 


Plan:- Terry Germain via Tim Blue

Plan of the Busselton W/T Remote Receiving Station bunker

 


Plan:- Terry Germain via Tim Blue

Section Z Z of the bunker entrance and an End Elevation of the W/T Remote Receiving Station Bunker

 


Plan:- Terry Germain via Tim Blue

Alteration to Engine Beds for 25 K.V.A. Generating Sets

 

Busselton Airfield

 

33 Radar Station Busselton

 

Busselton W/T Transmission Bunker

 

4 Recruit Depot Busselton

 

Crash of Tiger Moth A17-614 at Busselton on 6 August 1945

 

Australian Army Units in the Busselton area during WWII

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Tim Blue for his assistance with this web page.

 

REFERENCES

"World War II bunker on WA property hides vintage motorcycle collection" by Ellie Honeybone, ABC South West WA

 

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