REX THEATRE, OONOONBA,
TOWNSVILLE, QLD
BUILT USING A WW2 MILITARY BUILDING

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Samuel "Bluey" Stortenbeker opened the Rex Theatre at Oonoonba, Townsville after WW2. As new building materials were hard to obtain after the war, he purchased a large ex US Army storage building in Ann Street, Aitkenvale. 

To overcome any potential flooding problems on the site for the theatre, he obtained permission from the QME management at the meatworks to remove sand from the several sand-bagged anti-aircraft gun emplacements in the meatworks paddocks between Oonoonba and Idalia. He then dismantled the building at Aitkenvale and relocated it to Oonoonba where it became the Rex Theatre which opened on 5 May 1949. 

 

Constructing the Rex Theatre, Oonoonba
using a W2 building from Ann Street, Aitkenvale


Photo: I. Stortenbeker

The Rex Theatre

 

Military Camps/Units at Oonoonba
(previously Fairfield) during WW2

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Fairfield and her Folk 1868 1995"
"Oonoonba State School, 1920 - 1995"
Editor Denyse Bonney

 

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