US TRANSPORT DEPOT
AT NORTH ROCKHAMPTON BOROUGH CHAMBERS
20 BRIDGE ST., NORTH ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

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In June 2018, Julia Piagno approached me for information on a US Army Transport Depot that may have been located at the North Rockhampton Borough Chambers at 20 Bridge Street, North Rockhampton. Julia had been told of its existence by someone called John from the Rockhampton and District Historical Society which now occupies the North Rockhampton Borough Chambers. After some research I located a US Army plan which covered the area were the North Rockhampton Borough Chambers is located.

 


Photo:- Queensland Heritage Branch

North Rockhampton Borough Chambers in 2009

 

The North Rockhampton Borough Chambers is located
 in the vicinity of "2" and "A" on the above plan

 

Detailed description of properties used by the US Army on the north side of Rockhampton

 

The above Table shows that Area "A" was the Gymnasium Grounds, comprising 5 acres, in Bridge Street owned by the Rockhampton Rugby League, care of N. Richardson, Secretary. Area "2" was another 4 acres in the same area also owned by the Rockhampton Rugby League. The Table shows that both locations were occupied by the 808th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company and the 436th Signal Construction Battalion (Aviation).

In August 1943 there was a Detachment of the 808th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company (2nd Automotive Platoon) in Rockhampton comprising 1 Officer and 17 Enlisted Men.

In August 1943 there was a Detachment of the 436th Signal Construction Battalion (Aviation) in Rockhampton comprising 6 Officers and 50 Enlisted Men.

Looks like the Australian Army may have taken over responsibility for the two areas when the Yanks moved out based on the “Hirings Cancelled” column above.

 

REFERENCES

North Rockhampton Borough Chambers, Queensland Heritage Register

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Julia Piagno for her assistance with this web page.

 

Can anyone help me with more information?

 

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This page first produced 21 June 2018

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