Brisbane in WW2

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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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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. Brisbane Cbd, Brisbane Queensland, Australian History Facts, Riverside City, Sunshine State, Historical Pictures, Papua New Guinea, Continents, Old Photos

Pictures of Australia from 1941

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

Queen Street, during an air raid test alarm, Brisbane, 1942 .Brisbane could… Brisbane Cbd, Brisbane Queensland, Queensland Australia, Time In Australia, Australia Photos, Vintage Photographs, Vintage Photos, Riverside City, Order Of The Day

Backyard Photography Magazine - Issue Two - Queensland Photography Issue

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

Remains of a Japanese Zero Fighter aeroplane, shot down by the U. Air Force, on display in a Brisbane march, July 1943 Ww2 Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Riverside City, In The Air Tonight, Royal Australian Air Force, Us Army, World War Two, Wwii, Fighter Jets

Pictures of Australia from 1943

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)

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Backyard Photography Magazine - Issue Two - Queensland Photography Issue

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

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. Brisbane Queensland, Queensland Australia, Riverside City, Pacific Highway, History Pics, Ww2 Tanks, Old Trucks, Churchill, World War Two

NERANG, QUEENSLAND. 1944-08-14. A CONVOY OF CHURCHILL V TANKS (AMONG THE FIRST LANDED IN ...

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USS CHICAGO [II], USS PORTLAND, Brisbane Mar. 25, 1941 - Queensland Newspapers, JOL.

44. Brisbane turned out in its best finery when a scouting squadron of seven US Pacific Fleet warships docked at the South Brisbane wharves in March 1941. Leading the group were the cruisers USS CHICAGO, flying the flag of Rear Admiral John H. Newton, and USS PORTLAND, escorted by destroyers CLARK, CONYGHAM, REID, CASSIN and DOWNES. The ships had arrived from Sydney, having also visited New Zealand. While the US was not yet drawn into the Allied war effort, USS CHICAGO was particularly…

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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.

HAMILTON WHARF, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-29. HEADQUARTERS 1 BASE SUB-AREA TROOPS ON THE MAIN DECK ABOARD HMAT DUNTROON DURING THEIR EMBARKATION. Riverside City, My Ancestry, Brisbane Queensland, Aussies, Troops, Ww2, World War, Hamilton, Vietnam

HAMILTON WHARF, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-29. HEADQUARTERS 1 BASE SUB-AREA TROOPS ON THE MAIN ...

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

Soldiers enjoying a day at the races despite the storm at Albion Park Brisbane, January John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Vintage Pictures, Girl Pictures, Vintage Images, Playground Games, Dancing Day, Childhood Days, The Good Old Days, Vintage Photographs, Back In The Day

Sudden deluge swamps Brisbane - January 1941

Marooned in the bookmaker's ring at Albion Park after a storm, Brisbane, January 1941A sudden deluge hit the inner suburbs of Brisbane on the afternoon of January 18, 1941, in…

Headquarters, U. Army Base Section No. Somerville House, Brisbane, March This building was the school library. Somerville House, Riverside City, Army Base, Us Military, The Expanse, Brisbane, Old Photos, Wwii, Vietnam

Headquarters, U.S. Army  Base Section No. 3 - Brisbane - Somerville House

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

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

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Pictures of Australia from 1941

Goodwill visit to Brisbane by the American fleet in March, 1941. This was the first visit to Brisbane during World War Two of an American Naval Squadron. At this time, the United States of America had not entered the war. Entry was a few months away after Pearl Harbour in December, 1941 (Description supplied with photograph).

Men get their gas masks checked at Auchenflower in Picture: State Library Brisbane Queensland, Queensland Australia, Riverside City, Brisbane Gold Coast, My Ancestry, Gas Masks, Air Raid, World War Ii, Ww2

Garrison Town app recreates what it was like to live in Brisbane in World War II

Men get their gas masks checked at Auchenflower in 1942. Picture: State Library

Brisbane schoolchildren waiting to be immunised against diphtheria, 1943 Riverside City, Port Arthur, State School, History Teachers, Tasmania, Historical Sites, Brisbane, World War, Vintage Photos

Pictures of Australia from 1943

Brisbane schoolchildren waiting to be immunised against diphtheria, 1943