NAVAL HOSPITAL TOWNSVILLE, US
ROSE BAY, TOWNSVILLE, QLD
|visits since 28 September 2004|
The Naval Hospital in Townsville, north Queensland was authorised by US Navy Plan #100, Project #108. The land was obtained rent free from the Townsville Town Council. 150 men and 2 officers of Company "C" of the 55th Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) started construction of the 120 bed Naval Hospital on 22 October 1943. It comprised a group of Quonset huts laid our along the shores of Rose Bay (now known as Rowes Bay), about 4 miles west of Townsville.
The Naval Hospital commenced operations on 20 December 1943. The Naval Hospital housed a G-7 Unit with a staff of 65 men and 8 officers.
The Quonset material to construct the hospital had been stored in Townsville. This material had arrived on an Landing Ship Tank (LST) along with the Hospital Unit to occupy the hospital. It is possible that this was unloaded from the LST's that were beached at the site of today's Rock Pool at Kissing Point. Materials were obtained from Brisbane or from the Army in Townsville for water and sewer mains, electrical distribution, water tanks, toilets and showers.
The Naval Hospital Townsville was part of the US Navy Base in Townsville which comprised:-
Fleet Post Office
Base Supply Depot
120 Bed Naval Hospital
The US Navy Base in Townsville remained in operation until July 1944 when a detachment form Company "D" of the 84th Naval Construction Battalion started to dismantle the base and pack it up to be relocated to a forward area.
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© Peter Dunn 2004
This page first produced 28 September 2004
This page last updated 28 September 2004