MALLACOOTA OPERATIONS BUILDING BUNKER (RAAF)
BETKA ROAD, NEAR MALLACOOTA, VIC
USED DURING WWII

 

Operations Building Bunker near Mallacoota in Victoria

 

The following is an excerpt from a document titled "Utilization of Semi-underground Buildings"

 

COPY ONLY

Original on 171 56/1        

this copy for 171/1/1493       

UTILIZATION OF SEMI-UNDERGROUND BUILDINGS

D.A.S.P.

Herewith is list of above buildings as requested in your minute dated 29th November, 1943.

signed W/Crd.    
Richmond.    
for G/Capt.    
D.W.B.    

2/12/43

 

SEMI-UNDERGROUND BUILDINGS

(a) COMPLETED AND IN USE Building Details

Drawing No.

Locality Plan

Drawing No.

MALLACOOTA, VIC.

Operations Building - (less air conditioning.)

Transmitting Building - (less air conditioning.)

 

42/43/1571


41/42/2682

 

(R.S. 1118A
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(R.S. 118A

 

Mallacoota RSL and Historical Society has converted an old building at Mallacoota into a military museum. The building is known as the Mallacoota Bunker and was once used to house the Operations Building of the forward advance base for the RAAF during World War Two. It operated in conjunction with the radar station at Gabo Island. 

There are lots of wartime items on display at the RSL Bunker Museum, including a propeller from an Avro Anson.

The Mallacoota RSL Bunker Museum is open during holiday seasons and for groups by appointment. Admission is AUD$2.

Mallacoota RSL Bunker Museum
8 Betka Road, Mallacoota
Ph +61 3 5158 0725

Sappers from 16 Const Tp, 39 Construction Squadron (39 Const Sqn), Australian Army carried out restoration work on the Mallacoota Bunker. Many of the soldiers were apprentices from Gippsland Group Training. They replaced the original floor of the bunker, waterproofed the outside of the bunker and installed new wiring.

The Transmitting Building Bunker which worked in conjunction with the Operations Building Bunker was located to the west of the Mallacoota Airfield and is now located in a dense State Forest area. It also deserves to be preserved before it is destroyed by invading tree roots.

 

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