ST. MARY'S AMMUNITION DUMP
OR KINGSWOOD ORDNANCE DEPOT
27 MILES WEST OF SYDNEY
USED BY US ARMY DURING WWII
St. Mary's Ammunition Depot was possibly located on land near Castle Road, Kinsgwood. There were 6 properties used by the US Army in the Kingswood area as follows:-
21 acres, 1 rood, Castle Road, Kinsgwood
6 acres, E.W. Fowlers Property, Kingswood
42 acres and easement, E.W. Fowlers Property, Kingswood
6 acres, 3 roods , 35 perches, E.W. Fowlers Property, Kingswood (Camp site)
21 acres, 1 rood, Castle Road, Kingswood
F.G. McLaughlin's property, balance of R.T. Hook's property and St Marys Shire Council road, Kingswood
The 630th Ordnance Company minus two detachments left Camp Greystane in Sydney and moved to St. Marys, about 27 miles west of Sydney where an ammunition dump had been set up. St. Marys dump was operated by the 630th Ordnance Company until 23 October 1942, when they were relieved by the 59th Ordnance Company. On 23 October 1942, the 630th Ord. Co. left St. Marys enroute by rail to Townsville, AP0 922 and arrived at Camp Kangaroo, about 30 miles north of Townsville, on 28 October 1942.
The USASOS vacated St. Marys Ammunition Dump at Castle Road, Kingswood on 28 May 1945 and handed it over to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
There is a file in National Archives of Australia titled "Ammunition - American ammunition dump, Kingswood - loading chemical warfare ammunition".
Another file in NAA mentions a USA Ammunition Depot and Camp Site at Bringelly Road.
Were St Mary's and Kingswood two different Ammunition Depots?
I'd like to thank Brian Myers for his assistance with this web page.
Can anyone help me with more information?
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