BULIMBA CIVIL CONSTRUCTION CORPS CAMP
NEAR THYNNE ROAD, BRISBANE, QLD
DURING WW2

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The Bulimba Civil Construction Corps Camp (CCC Camp) was located between Thynne Road and Taylor Street, Bulimba in Brisbane, Queensland during WW2.

Dennis Burchill describes the establishment of the Bulimba CCC Camp as follows in his April 2004 "Wartime Memories of Bulimba":-

Probably the largest project that took place on Bulimba or possibly Australia was the building of the Cairncross Dry Dock. In early 1943 we watched workmen digging test holes to establish the type of material that they had to remove. This was done with a workman at the bottom of the hole with a pick and shovel, and a team at the top with a bucket and windlass to recover the spoil. When the project received the go-ahead, workmen came from everywhere. On the corner of Thynne and Lytton Roads, the Civil Construction Corps had a large camp where George Pickers had his showroom. The C.C.C. were men who were rejected for the service's or were too old to enlist.  They were conscripted into the workforce and were sent to construct defence projects anywhere in Australia. The work force required for the construction of the dry dock totalled nearly one thousand men. They built about twenty dormitory blocks in Coutts Street, Bulimba for the main work force. After the war these buildings became known as the Bulimba Hostel and provided cheap accommodation for low wage earners. The hostel has been replaced by the Clem Jones Centre and all the original buildings being demolished.

 

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I'd like to thank Dennis Burchill, Russell Miller and David Spethman for their assistance with this web page.

 

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