ST. KILDA ROAD, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
Construction of the Victoria Barracks in Melbourne was first started in 1855. The site is bounded by St. Kilda Road, Wadey Street, Wells Street and Coventry Street.
Photo: from Julie Wurf
A very early photo of Victoria
(possibly before 1885)
Victoria Barracks in Melbourne became the Headquarters for:-
- the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) since its formation in 1911
- the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) since its formation in 1921
Plaque outside the Officers'
Southern Pavilion, Victoria Barracks
Diplomatic cryptographic and intelligence section
|Hollereith machines at Victoria Barracks||
Section, Home Forces
Office for Defence Secretariat
Office for Minister for Defence
|Section RO4, Directorate of Signals||Special
Royal Australia Navy (RAN)
|War Cabinet Room|
|Secret Signal and Cypher Group||Victoria Barracks Tunnels|
There is a story there was a boat moored near Swanston Street on the Yarra River during WW2 and in the event of an air raid, the occupants of the War Cabinet Room at Victoria Barracks would be whisked up the Yarra to a large underground bunker near Dights Falls at Abbotsford on the Yarra River.
I'd like to thank Julie Wurf and David Beech for their assistance with this web page.
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This page first produced 1 September 2002
This page last updated 25 January 2020