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

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

Brisbane River, 25 March 1941

Brisbane River, 25 March 1941

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

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

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).

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

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

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 1941. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 66218

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

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

Brisbane schoolchildren waiting to be immunised against diphtheria, 1943

Brisbane schoolchildren waiting to be immunised against diphtheria, 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)

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)

Lt. Mark Muller at Somerville House, 1942

Lt. Mark Muller at Somerville House, 1942

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