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No. 155 Radar Station RAAF moved from Richmond, NSW to the Ash Island Radar Station site just north of Newcastle, NSW. They left Ash Island and moved to Perth, in Western Australia.

No. 131 Radar Station RAAF moved to Ash Island from Kyeemagh, NSW.


Ash Island


The two historical Radar buildings on Ash Island are now being used for a Visitors Centre. Educational display material for the Visitors’ Centre has been sponsored by TransGrid.

Displays interpreting the functioning of the estuarine ecosystem and human use of estuaries are located in the larger building. A display showing the history of the Hunter River islands is in the smaller building.

TransGrid has supplied a solar powered system to provide electricity for the Visitor's Centre. It is also planned to install a wind turbine to augment the solar power. It will also provide supply to a proposed City Farm house and some electric fences.

Rob Ripley can remember the two oval shaped buildings (one with a raised windowed block on top). There is also a very low concrete square nearby with a steel plate on top. Was this an underground air-raid shelter perhaps? 


Photo:- Bev Woodman

One of the two RAAF Radar buildings on Ash Island



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This page first produced 19 January 2002

This page last updated 03 March 2020