NO. 52 RADAR STATION RAAF
MASCOT, NSW
TOWNSVILLE, QLD
MUTTEE HEAD, QLD
DURING WW2

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No 52 Radar Station moved from Mascot in New South Wales to Townsville in north Queensland and finally to Muttee Head on Cape York in far north Queensland. Muttee Head is at Latitude/Longitude: 10 54.00 S [Decimal Degrees -10.91667], 142 15.00 E [Decimal Degrees 142.25000]. No. 52 Radar Station was based at Muttee Head from 29 March 1943 until 29 September 1945.

The Injinoo people in the Muttee Head area actively assisted with the war effort. They helped with the construction of facilities and in the water transport unit to New Guinea. 

The establishment of the large airfield at Higgins Field impacted greatly on the aboriginal community. Many of the community moved to bush camps to escape the soldiers who they were suspicious of, particularly the young women. Only the older people remained in the village. Many children worked as runners carrying messages from Muttee Head to the wharf at Muttee Head (Ukumba), to Higgins Field airfield, the hospital, and the communications base close to the tip. 

 


Photo:- via Frank Cummings (via Harvey Edwards)

No. 52 Radar Station RAAF at Muttee Head, Queensland in 1943

 


Photo:- via Frank Cummings (via Harvey Edwards)

The same location at Muttee Head in the mid 1990's

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

Muttee Head RAAF 52 Radar Station aerial

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

Near Muttee Head RAAF 52 Radar Station, possibly some
sort of gun pit located on the seaward site of the radar site.

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

Rusting drums and tanks at Muttee Head

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

A broken piece of porcelain at Muttee Head

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

Rusting 44 gallon drums at Muttee Head

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

Bridge built by the US Army on Muttee Head Road

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

Bridge built by the US Army on Muttee Head Road

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

Last post of the US Army Jetty at Muttee Head can be seen to the right of John Huth.

 


Photo:- John Huth 9 Dec 2013

Last post of the US Army Jetty at Muttee Head

 

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