BULIMBA/APOLLO ROAD ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN SITE
BRISBANE, QLD, DURING WW2

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Dennis Burchill describes the establishment of the Bulimba/Apollo Road anti-aircraft gun site as follows in his April 2004 "Wartime Memories of Bulimba":-

"The first sign of war was the setting up of an anti-aircraft battery on the river bank opposite the Hamilton Cold Stores. There were three large sheds next to the Apollo Ferry which were the remnants of the old candle works.  They were owned by the Vacuum Oil Company and the Australian Army took them over for the gun crews. There were two Bofors Anti-aircraft guns fitted with “predictors” which tracked the aircraft. They sent aircraft over at times towing a target so that the gun crews could have some practice. The noise the guns made shook the whole district.  At that time an air raid siren was installed on top of a large telegraph pole in the police station yard next to the Methodist church.  The siren could be heard all over the district."

 

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