BUNKER NEAR DIGHTS FALL ON THE YARRA RIVER,
AT ABBOTSFORD, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA,
POSSIBLY A LARGE AIR RAID SHELTER
FROM WW2

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There are reports that there used to be a large underground "bunker" near Dights Falls at Abbotsford, in Melbourne, Victoria. It is believed that this large underground "bunker" was an old WW2 air raid shelter. It is estimated that it could hold a few thousand people. 

It is reported that there was apparently a boat moored near Swanston Street on the Yarra River during WW2, and in the event of an air raid, the occupants of the War Room at Victoria Barracks would be whisked away up the Yarra to this "bunker".

It is reported to be similar to the underground "bunker" under Spencer Street Railway Station in the Melbourne CBD.

Not far from Dights Falls, there is a team excavating a tunnel at Northcote in Merri Creek. This tunnel was also used by the military during WW2. The tunnel was sealed and filled in after the war with dirt and rock. During WW2 a sentry was posted on the Merri Creek entrance to the tunnel. Could the Northcote Tunnel be somehow connected with the Dights Falls Bunker?

 

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