"MOORLANDS" LOCATED IN THE GROUNDS
OF THE WESLEY HOSPITAL IN BRISBANE,
GENERAL BLAMEY'S RESIDENCE DURING WW2

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General (later Field Marshall) Sir Thomas Blamey, was based at his Advanced Land Headquarters in the Forgan Smith Building at the Queensland University at St. Lucia in Brisbane from 1 August 1942 to 31 December 1944 during World War 2. 

General Blamey initially lived in a house in Macquarie Street, St Lucia. Peter Brown of the St. Lucia History Group told me that General Thomas Blamey lived at 29 Ryans Road, St. Lucia during WWII. Blamey's "Batman" and personal staff lived in a house called "Jerdanefield" which was located directly across the road. The June 1943 Telephone Directory for ALFAHQ also shows that Blamey's residence was at Ryan Road in St Lucia. This entry should have been Ryans Rd (with an "s").

There have been some unconfirmed reports that he may have lived at "Moorlands" in the grounds of the Wesley Hospital at some time. "Moorlands" was originally built by the Mayne family who donated it and considerable funds to the University of Queensland. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Pax Blamey for his assistance with this home page.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Winning with Intelligence - A Biography of Brigadier John David Rogers, CBE, MC 1895 - 1978"
by Judy Thomson

"The Mayne Inheritance"
by Ros Siemon

 

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