ALL SOULS' CHURCH OF ENGLAND BOYS SCHOOL
CHARTERS TOWERS, QLD
USED BY THE MILITARY DURING WW2

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At the end of 1941, the Bishop managed to convince the military authorities to release Robert  L. Mills to become the headmaster of the school, a role he continued through to 1947.

St. Gabriel's was commandeered by the Military for use as 116 AGH. All Soul's school camped at Dalrymple in tents on the banks of the Burdekin River for 1942. Dalrymple is 30 miles from Charters Towers. Mr. Evans looked after the establishment of the camp at Dalrymple while Mr Mills looked after the evacuation of the school. 


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Staff at All Souls' Camp School at Dalrymple

A telephone was established at the Camp and it was registered under the name of ""All Souls' Camp School". There were about 180 students and 40 others including teachers. The initial accommodation at the camp comprised:-

They obtained a good cooking range from Fletchervail for a new kitchen that they built.


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Dormitories at Dalrymple

 


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Classrooms at Dalrymple in 1942

 


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All Souls' Camp School at Dalrymple

 


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Haircuts at Dalrymple

 


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Work gang at Dalrymple

 


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Gymnastics at Dalrymple

The boys loved their early morning swim in the Burdekin River. It was much better fun than the cold showers at their usual school.

The school later moved to the Charters Towers racecourse.


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Three beds were crammed into each horse stall
when the school moved to the racecourse

 


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Table tennis at the Racecourse in 1943

The students finally returned to the school on 6 June 1944 ("D" Day).

After the war, the school acquired a number of ex-Army buildings. Some were used as dormitories and a dining hall for over 40 years. They have now been demolished. Others were used for a music hall and class rooms.


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Ex Army buildings used at the school after WW2

 


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Ex Army buildings used at the school after WW2

 


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These ex Army buildings have now been demolished

 


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The old music hall building being relocated in 1960
to become the laundry for the Page Housemaster

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"That's Why We're Here!"
"A Pictorial history of All Souls' and St Gabriel's School, 1920-1987"
by James C. Francis

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank John Daly for his assistance with this home page.

 

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