MERREDIN W/T TRANSMITTING BUILDING,
IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
DURING WW2

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There have been a number of conflicting stories about what the concrete bunker is in the photos below. I believe that it was most likely an RAAF W/T Transmitting Building (or Receiving Building) used during WWII. It is similar to other Transmitting and Receiving bunkers built around Australia during WWII.

Greg Shea told me that a high frequency direction finding (HFDF) station was built in Merredin in 1943/44 (Air Board Addendum No 3960). There was an associated support building about 1 -2 km away of which the purpose is unknown except that it appears to be power supply or part of the communications cabling system connecting the Station to the town site of Merredin. Only the concrete base of this support building remains. His thoughts were that the building below was an RAAF H/F D/F Station. However, RAAF H/F D/F Stations are typically a small timber building surrounded by 4 small masts and there is no large concrete bunker involved, so that rules out it being a H/F D/F Station. The actual location of the Merredin H/F D/F Station is at the location shown on the plan below

 

Site of the Merredin H/F D/F Station which is located just over
 3 miles roughly south west of the concrete bunker shown below

 


Photo:- Rob Endersbee

Concrete bunker

 


Photo:- Rob Endersbee

Concrete bunker

 

 
Photo:- Greg Shea

Concrete bunker

 


Photo:- Greg Shea

Concrete bunker

 


Photo:- Greg Shea

Concrete bunker

 


Photo:- Greg Shea

Concrete bunker

 

Greg Shea said that they have found part of the original towers. They were salvaged after the war for use on the farm. Greg believes that the Station was part of a network of similar facilities and may have been used for Signal Intelligence purposes (not triue). These were all RAAF facilities and according to National Archives files were built at Albany, Busselton, Geraldton, Corunna Downs, Kalgoorlie and near Yanchep, north of Perth. 

The surviving structure near Merredin is on private land, and is currently used for storing grain and is not accessible to the public.

 


Photo:- Ian Perker

Bunker north east of Merredin

 


Photo:- Ian Perker

Bunker north east of Merredin

 

Rob Endersbee told me that the VDC troops stationed in Merredin during the war were told that the installation was a radar unit, however none of them that he has spoken to remember seeing any sort of "array" or even aerial wires. They do remember that there were some regular army blokes there and that it was a "no go area". It was not a radar site.

Lindsay Peet does not believe that it would be radar as there would not have been any need for one at Merredin, but it was a very distinct possibility that it was a HF/DF station (not correct) and the radar story was used as a cover up. Unfortunately nobody has been able to access the inside of the concrete bunker as it is being used for long term grain storage by a local farmer.

There was an Emergency Landing Ground ELG located at Merredin and I believe it was located not too far from this bunker.

 

10 Stores Depot RAAF
Merredin, WA

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Greg Shea of Merredin, Lindsay Peet, Rob Endersbee and Ian Parker for their assistance with this home page.

 

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