ST. ANNE'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND GIRLS SCHOOL,
TOWNSVILLE, QLD,
COMMANDEERED BY THE MILITARY
DURING WW2

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St. Anne's Church of England Girls' School in Walker Street, Townsville was acquired by Captain Melloy of  Hirings Section, No. 1 Lines of Communication (No. 1 L of C) of the Australian Army for use as barracks accommodation for the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) during WW2. Mr. E.C. (Cec) Smith, the Registrar for the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland handled the negotiations with the military authorities.

 

Inspection of some of the Townsville recruits on the tennis court at St. Anne's Barracks, in 1942. F/O Rintoul was in charge at that time.  

Left to Right in the lineup of recruits:-  Lorna Mittelheuser, Betty Donaghue, Isobel Short, ?, Marjorie Cale, and Jan Arthur.

 

The girls at the school were evacuated to Ravenswood until the school was released by the military in 1944/45. 

The school is now known as The Cathedral School of St. Anne and St. James and has relocated to Ross River Road at Aitkenvale. The Townsville Civic Centre is now located on the site of St. Anne's School.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Lorna Crosswell (nee Mittelheuser) for her assistance with this home page.

 

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