The 636th Ammunition Ordnance Company was based at the Darra Ordnance Ammunition Depot in 1943. The 577th Ordnance Ammunition Company arrived in Brisbane from the United States on 13 June 1943 and camped with the 636th for a while. An outbreak of mumps hit the camp and several men of the 577th ended up in hospital. The 577th left the Darra Ordnance Ammunition Depot and boarded a train for Townsville on 1 July 1943 to work at the large Kangaroo Ordnance Depot just north of Townsville.

In July 1943, the detachment of men of the 636th Ammunition Ordnance Company based at the Torrens Creek Ordnance Ammunition Depot in north Queensland were replaced by a detachment of 30 men from the 577th Ordnance Ammunition Company who had just arrived in Townsville from Brisbane on 4 July 1943. The township of Torrens Creek is located on the Flinders Highway between Charters Towers and Hughenden, about 88 kms east of Hughenden.


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