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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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

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

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.

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

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

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)

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

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