ARMY CAMP AT MEEANDAH, BRISBANE
DURING WW2

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There was a large Army Camp at Meeandah during WW2. It was developed by the Americans during WW2 as a defence storage and warehouse facility.

British Royal Navy's MONAB VII occupied Camp Meeandah in mid 1945. MONAB VII had arrived in Sydney on the S.S. Stirling Castle on 28 July 1945 and travelled by train to Brisbane. The main body of MONAB VII personnel were taken by truck to R.N. Camp Rocklea located near the former Ammunition Factory on Compo Road, Rocklea.

Camp Meeandah was used after the war by the Australian Army and is known as Damascus Barracks.

 

 

1944 Photograph showing Camp Meeandah located just north of Kingsford Smith Drive

 

A work colleague of mine who was previously in the Australian Army told me about some work that they were doing a number of years ago near a swampy area in the Meeandah Army Camp. They exposed a number of Bren Guns etc that had been buried there at the end of WWII. After some extensive digging significant amounts of WWII guns etc were recovered and a number of truckloads of this material were sent to the Bradford Kendall foundry at Beenleigh Road, Runcorn to be melted down.

In February 2003, it was announced that the Australian Army would place a large parcel of land used for storage at Meeandah up for sale in March 2003 through Colliers International. 20 hectares of the 60 hectares of land would be withheld while an application by the Immigration Department for a controversial Detention Centre for illegal immigrants is considered. The 40 hectares would be made available for sale with a 3 year leaseback.

 

Camp Meeandah in June 2003

 

Can anyone tell me about the WW2 History of this Army Camp at Meeandah?

 

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