DEPOT SUPPLY SECTION
81ST AIR DEPOT GROUP
BRISBANE, QLD
DURING WW2

 

The Depot Supply Section of the 81st Air Depot Group had 23 large warehouses located around Brisbane during WW2. They were formed from the 4th Air Depot Group. Captain Attwood was the Commanding Officer of the Depot Supply Section.

In 1943, the Supply section comprised 121 soldiers and 912 civilians.

 

Depot Supply Office in the John McGrath building on the corner
of Wickham Street and Constance Street. This building was later used
by the Headquarters group of 3 Stores Depot RAAF in January 1945.

 


April 2002

Now a Mercedes-Benz dealership on the corner of Wickham Street and Constance Street

 


April 2002

A different view of the Depot Supply Office with the Old Mill Building in the background
at 111 Constance Street. It was  called the Old Mill Building Barracks which was used by
the 5th Air Force Service Command during WW2.

 

Headquarters group of 3 Stores Depot RAAF moved into the John McGrath
building in Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley in January 1945.
Is that Exton's Building in the background?

 

Supply Squadron Barracks in the Cossey Motors Building

Adamas Jorgensen told me that the above building was on the corner of Bridge and
Ann Streets. Perhaps it was opposite Warehouse No. 7 on the other corner.

 

There is now a Mercedes dealership on the corner of Bridge Street and Ann Street

 

The Depot Supply section had 22 warehouses:-

Main Wickham & Constance Sts Office of the Stores Administrative Officers
No. 1 Bridge St., Fortitude Valley Fuel, paint, chemicals, photographic, commercial & aerial
No. 2 Water & Warry Sts t' instruments, dry goods (clothes and silks for parachutes)
No. 3 Church St. Orderly Room Carpenter shop
No. 4 Newstead Parachutes to repair and stock
No. 5 Campbell St. Special tools
No. 6 Wickham & Ann Sts. Equipment for Signals
No. 7 Bridge & Ann Sts. Fuel, paint, chemicals, photographic, commercial & aerial
No. 8 Commercial Road, Bulimba Engines, office supplies, rubber, tubes and tyres
No. 9 Ballow St. Commercial hardware
No. 10 ? Miscellaneous goods 
No. 11 Woolshed "M", Newstead Receive shipments boats and planes (Intransit & Quartermaster)
No. 12 Woolshed "A", Newstead Aircraft parts
No. 14 Kelvin Grove Rd. & Ithaca Sts Aircraft parts, Fuel, paint, chemicals, photographic, commercial & aerial
No. 15 Breakfast Creek Rd. Spares for overhaul plants
No. 16 Barry Parade t' guns and parts for Ordnance
No. 17 Mach. House, Adelaide St. Clete-tractor parts store
No. 18 ? Store for local purchase
No. 19 O'Reilly's Building (Where is it?) Chemical Warfare equipment
No. 20 Eagle Farm Signals Corps equipment store
No. 21 Eagle Farm - Unit "D"
                  - Unit "F"
                  - Unit "K"
Electrical appliances
No. 22 Eagle Farm - Unit "C"
                  - Unit "G"
Aircraft accessory store, including propellers
No. 23 ? Local Issue, Air Ferry Receiving
No. 24 Eagle Farm - Unit "L"  Inspection

 

Either No. 11 Warehouse, Woolshed "M", Newstead or
No. 12 Warehouse, Woolshed "A", Newstead
on the corner of Macquarie Street and Beeston Street

Can anyone confirm which one it is?

 

Either No. 11 Warehouse, Woolshed "M", Newstead or
No. 12 Warehouse, Woolshed "A", Newstead
on the corner of Macquarie Street and Beeston Street

Can anyone confirm which one it is?

 

Either No. 11 Warehouse, Woolshed "M", Newstead or
No. 12 Warehouse, Woolshed "A", Newstead
on the corner of Macquarie Street and Beeston Street

Can anyone confirm which one it is?

 

Either No. 11 Warehouse, Woolshed "M", Newstead or
No. 12 Warehouse, Woolshed "A", Newstead
on the corner of Macquarie Street and Beeston Street

Can anyone confirm which one it is?

 

The above Warehouse is directly opposite the US Navy Submarine Base at Capricorn Wharf, New Farm.

 

Another warehouse

Can anyone confirm which one it is?

 

Another warehouse (possibly No. 6 Warehouse)

Adamas Jorgensen told me that this building was near the Brisbane City Council Bus
Depot which was originally located between Ann Street and Wickham Street

 

Lifting a large container

 

Some radio gear?

 

In one of the warehouses

 

Looks like a radial engine being lifted

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Bob Livingstone and Adamas Jorgensen for their assistance with this home page.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"The 81st A.D.G."

 

Can anyone help me with more information?

 

I need your help

Copyright

 Peter Dunn 2015

Disclaimer

Please e-mail me
any information or photographs


"Australia @ War"
8GB USB Memory Stick

 

This page first produced 24 March 2002

This page last updated 09 October 2016