ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS AND SEARCHLIGHT UNITS
ON MOUNT COOT-THA, BRISBANE, QLD
DURING WW2

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There were a number of anti-aircraft guns and search light units located on top of Mount Coot-tha during WW2. One of the searchlights was located where the tourist lookout is located today on top of Mount Coot-tha.

The well known Brisbane football radio announcer, George Lovejoy, was part of an Australian Army searchlight unit on top of Mount Coot-tha. He said that he used to live in one of the "chalets" which formed part of today's tourist complex on top of Mount Coot-tha. It is with regret that I advise that George Lovejoy, passed away today, Wednesday 5 February 2003.

The late Douglas Malcolm Campbell, a former QC of the Queensland Supreme Court, graduated from the School of Military Engineering in Sydney as a Lieutenant. He then took charge of a searchlight site on Mount Coot-tha during WW2. There was a small zoo located near the searchlight unit. Arthur MacArthur, the son of General Douglas MacArthur would regularly visit the small zoo with his parents. Douglas Campbell often met with and became well known to the MacArthurs during their visits to the zoo.

 

REFERENCE

Obituary for Douglas Campbell (26 Feb 1917 - 12 Jul 2003)
The Courier Mail, 5 August 2003

 

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