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In January 1943 two University teachers, Professor R.D. Wright and Dr. Ian Hogbin were sent by the Federal Government to north Queensland to investigate the level of morale amongst the civilian population. They spent several days in Cairns and nearly 10 days in Townsville where they discovered that the Allied military forces had occupied 177 dwellings in Townsville. These building were mostly used by the US Military forces. 

There were at least  90,000 military personnel in the Townsville area where the civilian population at that time was about 28,000 people.


4 Park Lane, Hyde Park
HQ, 3 Replenishment Centre, RAAF
8-10 The Avenue, Hermit Park 12 Wills Street
Signals Office for 5th Division
13 Bell Street, South Townsville
Initial accommodation for Sailors from RAN Wireless Station, Stanton Hill
33 Flinders St.
Recreation Centre
38 Stokes Street
Housing for 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron
63 Stagpole St., West End, Townsville
Hired during WW2 by the  Commonwealth
What was it used for?
73 The Strand
Arc Nurses Club
81 Bayswater Rd, Pimlico, Townsville
(Proposed acquisition - did it go ahead - what was it used for?)
120 Denham St
Base Section Two Headquarters for the USAAC
119 Upper Blackwood Street Now Stanton Lodge, 6 Hillside Crescent
Accommodation for sailors from RAN Wireless Station
121 Upper Blackwood Street
Now 7 Hillside Crescent, Stanton Hill
RAN Wireless Station
123 Upper Blackwood Street
Now 17 Victoria Street, Stanton Hill
Accommodation for WRANS from RAN Wireless Station
121 Bundock St, Belgian Gardens
Officer's Mess 13 Stores Unit RAAF
229 Flinders Street
3rd US Medical Supply Unit
 380 & 381 Flinders St. West
Supply Section
US Base Two Engineers
 380 Flinders St West., Townsville
North American Service Club
for African American soldiers
630 Sturt St
Photographic Laboratory for 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photo Group
Academy of the Little Flower, The Strand
WAAAF quarters
Aitkenvale Methodist Church
277-279 Ross River Rd, cnr. Anne Street
Used by RAAF for rental of $1:70 per week - now site of new Aitkenvale Uniting Church
AMP Building, corner of
Flinders & Stokes Sts.
US Army Base 2
Intelligence Section
AWU Building, Denham St.
opposite Walker St.
Dance Hall and American
Red Cross Canteen &
Recreation Centre
"Bayview", guest house on Stanton Hill, accommodation for US officers of US Base Section 2 HQ Beak House, 336 Flinders Street
US Army Section Base Two
Signal Section
"Briarfield", Love Lane, Mundingburra
2/14th Australian General Hospital (2/14 AGH)
Brothel located in a house at Stuart, near Stuart Prison Buchanan's Hotel
American Officer's Hotel
Central State School
Command Post for the 208th Anti-aircraft Battalion, US Army
Church in Townsville (which one?)
Enclosed area underneath used as Airmen's Mess for 13 Stores Unit RAAF
Chandlers Building, Flinders St
Headquarters for US Base Section 2 Engineers, USAAC
Church Street, West End - House used by 11th Brigade Headquarters The Commonwealth Building
previous D & W Murray Warehouse, Sturt St.

North East Area
Headquarters (NEAHQ)
"Currajong", part of old
Mater Hospital

RAAF Hospital
now relocated to

Castling St., West End
Customs House
The Strand
Dalgety & Co. Building
now Sun Skill House
US Anti-aircraft gun workshop
Dallywaters House, 154 Bowen Road, Townsville
(Acquired for married quarters)
"Duncragen", 4 Cleveland Terrace, Melton Hill Eagers Building
Flinders Street

Flinders No. 1 Depot
Empire Hotel, South Townsville
used by HQ Company of US Base Section 2 Engineers
E.S.&A Bank, Flinders St.
now Best & Less

Army Post Office APO9ZZ
Francis Street, West End,
house used as Sergeant's Mess for 13 Stores Unit RAAF

(Which house was it?)
Gleeson family home, Upper Ross River
76 Squadron at Aitkenvale airfield
Grammar School, North Ward
3 Fighter Sector Headquarters
Hatchett St.
US Army 13th Station Hospital
Houses at Sycamore and French Streets, Pimlico
No. 1 Wireless Unit
Houses at Chapman Street, Mysterton Estate
12th Station Hospital - US Army
House on the corner of Denham Street and Wills Street
used by 11th Brigade HQ
Mono Fruit Preserving Company building in Bayswater Avenue
Used by 29 Air Stores Park RAAF
Munro's residence at Hervey's Range, Townsville
(Proposed acquisition by the RAAF - did it go ahead? - what was it used for?)
Old Quarantine Station at Pallarenda
2/14th Australian General Hospital
Our Lady's Mount College, Stanton Hill, Townsville
Queens Hotel
on The Strand

American Officer's Club
Seaview Hotel
Australian Officer's Club
Manned by AWAS
South Townsville State School
208th Anti-aircraft Battalion, US Army
"Stanton Lodge"
Sailor's quarters and RAN Wireless Station
Stuart State School, Townsville
"Shadow Exchange" and Army Signals Communications Centre
St. Anne's Church of England Girls School
WAAAF accommodation
St. Patrick's (Catholic) College, The Strand
WAAAF Accommodation
Tannery Building Aitkenvale,
"K" group, 13 Stores Unit RAAF
"The Rocks"
American Hospital
Townsville High School Townsville Show Grounds
Australian Army Camp
 Townsville School of Arts Building
RAAF Post Office
Weir State School
Aitkenvale airfield
Wet Canteen, Blackwood Street, Townsville  


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