Extended military facilities in the area

4Several of the details below are coming from the books World War II stories from Brisbane’s South West and 150 Years Richlands, Inala & Neigbouring Suburbs in Brisbane’s South West both by Vicki Mynott. Receptively in 2006 and 2009 she published stories from locals who provided some of the information in this chapter that I have – with her permission – weaved into a more general overview.

A large range of military facilities were established between Archerfield Airport and Camp Columbia they were all managed from the headquarters on the top of the hill.

Military facilities around Wacol 1942-1945

Map No Facility Notes
1 Wacol Railway siding Dispatched ordnance to the war zone
2 Camp Columbia, Wacol US staging camp for 5000 men
3 Motor Pool For Camp Columbia
4 Darra Station Declared ‘black’ to separate warring black and white US soldiers
5 Officer Candidate School US training centre for officers in the SW Pacific
6 Emergency Landing Ground B1 type (over 800 m); RAAF controlled
7 Small Arms Renovation Plant Repaired small arms for reuse
8 Camp Darra Ordnance workers camp for 200 men
9 Darra Ordnance Depot Supplied the US army in the Southwest Pacific
10 Archerfield House Centre for civilian guards of Ordnance Depot
11 Camp Freeman Quartermasters camp with 1000 men
12 Chemical Camp 200 men in Blunder Road
13 Searchlight Station On private land in Brookbent Road
14 Charcoal Pits, Pallara Made alternative fuel for vehicles
Neighbouring Military Facilities
15 Archerfield Aerodrome Australian, US, British, Dutch training field
16 Camp Muckley US military camp
17 RAN/RAAF Stores Ammunition depot (now in Greenbank MTA)
18 Redbank Army Camp Major Queensland Army Camp – up to 2500 men

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