Brisbane in WW2

In 1942, Brisbane's modest population of 300,000 doubled, as US servicemen flooded the riverside city following the rapid expansion of Japanese forces throughout the Pacific. This sudden expansion marked a period of growth in Brisbane, that would change the face of the city forever.
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Queen Street, during an air raid test alarm, Brisbane, 1942  ...Brisbane could never claim to be a metropolis. One of the biggest problems for out-of-towners, including Australians from other States, was actually finding the city centre...  John Oxley Library, State Library of QLD Neg: 99716

Queen Street, during an air raid test alarm, Brisbane, 1942 .Brisbane could…

Military vehicles crossing the William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane, with views to the suburb of South Brisbane.

Military tanks crossing the William Jolly Bridge, Brisbane, ca. 1941 - Military vehicles crossing the William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane, with views to the suburb of South Brisbane.

Happy young brides on board a ship bound for their new homes in America, Brisbane, September 1945  Several thousand Australian brides left Brisbane and headed to the United States after the war. Most travelled by sea in groups and were unaccompanied by their husbands.   John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 43466

Backyard Photography Magazine - Issue Two - Queensland Photography Issue

USS CHICAGO [II], USS PORTLAND, Brisbane Mar. 25, 1941

Goodwill visit to Brisbane by the U.

View of the Victoria Bridge and South Brisbane, ca.1940 - View of the Victoria Bridge over the Brisbane River looking across to South Brisbane. The Cremorne building and various residences are visible along the bank of the river. The 'Plume sign, advertising Plume brand petrol, appears over the entrance to the bridge on the north side.

Pictures of Australia from 1940

Remains of a Japanese Zero exhibited in an Air Training Corps march through Brisbane streets, 31 July 1943. The march was designed to stimulate the drive for Air Training Corps recruits. 'Remains of a Zero exhibited in yesterday's Air Training Corps march are all that was left of Jap machine shot out of northern skies...' (Information taken from: Sunday truth, 1 August 1943). (Description supplied with photograph)

Remains of a Japanese Zero Fighter aeroplane, shot down by the U. Air Force, on display in a Brisbane march, July 1943

NERANG, QUEENSLAND. 1944-08-14. A CONVOY OF CHURCHILL V TANKS (AMONG THE FIRST LANDED IN AUSTRALIA ), IN MOVEMENT FROM BRISBANE ALONG THE PACIFIC HIGHWAY.

NERANG, QUEENSLAND. 1944-08-14. A CONVOY OF CHURCHILL V TANKS (AMONG THE FIRST LANDED IN AUSTRALIA ), IN MOVEMENT FROM BRISBANE ALONG THE PACIFIC HIGHWAY.

Soldiers enjoying a day at the races despite the storm at Albion Park Brisbane, January 1941. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 66218

Soldiers enjoying a day at the races despite the storm at Albion Park Brisbane, January John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Royal Australian Air Force recruits marching along Queen Street, August 1940.

Royal Australian Air Force recruits marching along Queen Street, August 1940

Young American soldier gets his first tattoo, Brisbane, 1943  It wasn't that local girls... were any more desirable to Americans than the wives or sweethearts back home... "One Yank who'd hooked up with an Australian girl got a letter from his girlfriend asking what have Australian girls got that American girls haven't got? He wrote back saying, 'Nothing - only they've got it here.'" John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 64349

Young American soldier gets his first tattoo, Brisbane, 1943

Headquarters, U.S. Army Base Section No. 3, Somerville House, Brisbane, March 1942. This building was the school library.

Headquarters, U. Army Base Section No. Somerville House, Brisbane, March This building was the school library.

HAMILTON WHARF, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-29. HEADQUARTERS 1 BASE SUB-AREA TROOPS ON THE MAIN DECK ABOARD HMAT DUNTROON DURING THEIR EMBARKATION.

HAMILTON WHARF, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-29. HEADQUARTERS 1 BASE SUB-AREA TROOPS ON THE MAIN DECK ABOARD HMAT DUNTROON DURING THEIR EMBARKATION.

US servicemen march through King George Square, 1943.

US servicemen march through King George Square,

American soldiers on a delivery cart in Brisbane, Queensland  "...the trickle of American troops into the city had become a steady flow. Everybody called them 'Yanks', even after it was politely explained that many came from south of the Mason Dixon line." John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 105721

Backyard Photography Magazine - Issue Two - Queensland Photography Issue

Naval recruits march along Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, ca. 1941

Naval recruits march along Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, ca.

Members of the US servicemen's boxing team, Brisbane, February 1943  Members of the US boxing team who competed against Australian servicemen at the inter-allied boxing tournament at the Brisbane Stadium on Saturday 27 February 1943. [Sunday Truth, 21 February 1943]   On the night, the Americans finished behind on points 32-24 and lost 9 fights to 5. It was described as a boisterous and raucous night. [Truth newspaper, 28 February 1943] Neg: 102776 John Oxley Library, State Library of QLD

Members of the US servicemen's boxing team, Brisbane, February 1943

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