CAMP SEABEE
AT EAGLE FARM IN BRISBANE
HOME FOR THE UNITED STATES NAVAL
CONSTRUCTION BATTALION 55

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The 55th Battalion Seabees arrived in Brisbane on 25 March 1943. They camped at Doomben Race Track near Eagle Farm airfield. They built their camp which was known as Camp Seabee on Eagle Farm Road beyond the Base Section 3 Stockade at Eagle Farm and the Australian CCC Camp. It only took them 10 days to build.

When they left Camp Seabee it was handed over to the Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU).

 


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Entrance to Camp Seabee at Eagle Farm in Brisbane. The staff car has the Number Plate USN 911

 


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"Liberty Corner" - Note the vehicle with the gas producer on the rear.

 


Photo:- NAA via Russell Manning

"Liberty Corner" on the corner of Racecourse Road and Hamilton
Road (later Kingsford Smith Drive), opposite Bretts Wharf

 

"Liberty Corner" can be seen behind the crane at Bretts Wharf.
The former Hamilton Hotel can be seen on the opposite corner.

 

Closer view of "Liberty Corner" from the previous photo.

 

Russell Manning advised me on 12 September 2022 that he had visited the National Archives of Australia office in Brisbane that morning and found the above photo showing the shop that housed the Arran Post Office agency located on the corner of Racecourse Road and Hamilton Road (now Kingsford Smith Drive) at Hamilton. It had originally started as Blake's Store in 1904. It became Hamilton Central Post Office agency in 1959. A new Hamilton Central Post Office was built on the site in 1960. It was no longer an agency in a local store.

 

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Camp Seabee

 

 

1944 Photograph showing Camp Seabee and surrounding areas

 


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The Electricians of the 77th Seabees at Camp Seabee

 

 

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Tent life at Camp Seabee

 


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"Enlisted Men's' Hangout" - New World Cafe - English, American
and Chinese Dishes. Located at 360 Queens Street, Brisbane

 

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS

"The 55 Seabees 1942 - 1945"
Published by the officers and men of United States Naval Construction Battalion 55

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Russell Manning and  Eric Anning for their assistance with this web page.

 

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