BIBRA LAKE ARMY CAMP
BIBRA LAKE, WA
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

The 116th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment (116 LAA Regt.) moved their headquarters to Bibra Lake in January 1943 for about 5 months while their batteries were training nearby and at other locations in Western Australia. There would have been about 50 personnel at the site including about five AWAS.

Prefabricated huts were erected just south of Hope Road at Bibra Lake south of Perth for the AWAS some of whom were attached to the 66th Searchlight Battery. There was also a 3 stand ablution block and apparently an underground "Command Centre". The area was used as a transit camp for a range of units, including some AWAS attached to searchlight units while they awaited reassignment.

Ruby (nee Tranter) Hone states that she was one of the AWAS that had her barracks at the Bibra Lake Camp during WWII. Ruby was a truck driver in a Signals group. She used to drive the linesmen between Jandakot, Bibra Lakes and Cable Beach near Leighton. Ruby also worked on Rottnest Island for a while during WWII. 11th Division Signals may have done some training in the Bibra Lakes area.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Fallon Larter and Graham McKenzie Smith for their assistance with this web page.

 

REFERENCES

"We Answered the Call"
by Eileen (Reilly) Tucker

Bibra Lake AWAS Camp Part 2

The Ruins of Bibra Lake's History

 

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This page first produced 2 March 2016

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