WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTO
INSIDE THE WORLD WAR 2 BUNKER
UNDER MOUNT LOUISA IN TOWNSVILLE
Bloody dark in here!
Seriously though folks, if you do have any
on the existence of such a bomb-proof bunker, send me an e-mail.
There are many stories about a number of
in the Townsville area, many of which are reportedly
connected by long underground tunnels.
The Australian Bunker Project
A company interested in the research, discovery and
preservation of World War II structures on Australian soil
Who built these bunkers and tunnels?
Was it the United States Naval Construction Battalions known as the "Seabees"
or was it the United States Corps of Engineers?
Or some other Unit?
|Here's a composite colour photo of the Motor Pool at the base of
Mount Louisa during World War Two. The Bunker entrance is believed to be located just
above the person standing towards bottom right of the photo.
Click here to view a clip
of the above movie film
This photo is a composite of 4 frame grabs from an 8mm video (Hi-8) given to me by Daniel Hultgren. The video is dubbed from another video (Hi-8) which was copied from some old colour film. This explains the poor quality of the pictures.
It is believed that the original film was shot by Eugene M. Halaas from Los Angeles, California, who was in the photographic section of the 43rd Service Squadron, previously known as the Material Squadron.
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AS MANY AS 43 TUNNEL ENTRANCES PLOTTED ON MOUNT LOUISA
Kevin Parkes from Townsville has also carried out a lot of research on Mount Louisa and has plotted as many as 43 tunnels entrances that existed into the side of Mount Louisa during WW2. There were at least two more entrances that appeared from 1952 to 1971 but all were demolished by 1986.
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A very interesting April 1944 photo of the north east corner of Mount Louisa.
Mount Louisa -
Then and Now
A series of photos taken in 1959 and 1992
You can compare the differences
Located at the base of Mt. Louisa
Many famous movie and singing stars appeared there
This is Eugene M. Halaas who took the film
Can anyone shed any light on how to contact Eugene Halaas?
Or any information on the 43rd Service Squadron?
43rd Service Squadron Home Page
Note:- Gary Asmussen told me on 18 May 2000, that he found a Eugene Halaas in Douglas County USA who was a judge.
WWII Bunker Tour of Townsville
E-mails from Nat Kipner
from Robert Bolton
of the 911th Signal Company
attached to the 4th Air Depot Group
E-Mails from Terry Gallaway
Please e-mail me if you have any information at all
on the existence of any bunkers or tunnels in the Townsville area
e.g. Mount Louisa, Castle Hill, Mount Stuart, Mount Elliott, Many Peaks Range
and any possible connecting tunnels
WW2 Bunkers & Fortifications in the Townsville area
Can anyone help me with more information?
"Australia @ War" WWII Research Products
© Peter Dunn OAM 2020
This page first produced 11 July 1998
This page last updated 21 February 2020