ST. JOSEPH'S CONVENT, MOUNT
COMMANDEERED BY THE MILITARY DURING WW2
There were three large military camps in Mount Isa. There was one large Australian camp and two American camps.
One Army Depot was close to St. Jospeh's Convent in Mount Isa. Hirings Section, No. 1 Lines of Communication (No. 1 L of C) requisitioned the church and school to be used as a Supply Store. The sisters moved into the presbytery. The Convent was used as a church and the priests lived in the back of the convent.
Classes were temporarily ceased but were then restarted in the presbytery. Finally after many petitions from Bishop Hugh E. Ryan the Army finally vacated the school in November. The old building was badly damaged due to some rough handling and the storage of army equipment.
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