WAAAF BASE CAMP
FORMER US CAMP,
HUGH STREET, BELGIAN GARDENS,
On 8 December 1944, Air Commodore De La Rue, the Air Officer Commanding, North-Eastern Area Headquarters ordered that the WAAAFs in the Townsville area had to relocate from St. Anne's WAAAF Barracks and the Townsville Grammar School WAAAF Barracks and eventually from St. Patrick's College WAAAF Barracks and the Little Flower Convent on The Strand to temporary accommodation at the YWCA and at "Currajong", a converted guest house which had been recently vacated by the RAAF. To allow various houses and buildings to be returned to their civilian owners, a WAAAF Base Camp was established at Belgian Gardens in some barracks that had previously been occupied by US military personnel. This consolidated all WAAAFs into one Barracks area.
The WAAAF Base Camp may have been
located in either the former US Camp known as
Camp Cutheringa Park (above left)
located in Cutheringa Park or in the nearby US Camp at top right of the photograph in Hugh Street. Possibly the latter.
The following file in the National Archives would appear to cover the former US Camp in Hugh Street:-
DWB [Director of Works and Buildings] - Property - Townsville Qld - Camp buildings - Hugh Street - West End - Disposal of surplus assets [1cm]
|Contents date range
1946 - 1949
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