OFFICE OF THE PROVOST MARSHALL
BASE SECTION NO. 3
SOUTH BRISBANE MUNICIPAL CHAMBERS
VULTURE STREET, BRISBANE

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Stained glass window South Brisbane Municipal Chambers

 

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Entrance to the old South Brisbane Municipal
Chambers which was by the Office of the Provost
Marshall - Base Section No 3 South Brisbane.

 

Does anyone know the identity of the
two people in the above photograph?

 


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Entrance stairs to the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers

 


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South Brisbane Municipal Chambers

The old South Brisbane Municipal Chambers (sometimes referred to as the South Brisbane Town Hall) was used by the Office of the Provost Marshall - Base Section No 3 during WW2. Fortress Command had earlier been located in the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers at the foot of Stephens Hill.


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The entrance to the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers. Note the plaque
 in centre of photo commemorating the Royal Australian Corps of Signals
who also occupied this building at some stage during WW2

 


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Plaque commemorating the Royal Australian Corps of Signals

 


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The Clock Tower

 


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Old City of South Brisbane sign inside the foyer of the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers

 


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Old Council sign inside the foyer of the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers

There was a large stained  glass window in the Municipal Chambers, which was removed for 'safe keeping' during the War but apparently it was never returned so another one had to be made. I wonder if it is now located in the USA somewhere!

Base Section No. 3 Headquarters was located in the adjacent Somerville House. During WW2 the Americans built a ramp from the back of the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers to the higher ground in the adjacent Somerville House.

Some extra small buildings were built by the Americans adjacent to the Municipal Chambers. These buildings were still in existence in September 2006. The Americans Military Police had detention cells located in the basement of the Municipal Chambers. A small room, still in existence in this area, was believed to be a solitary confinement cell.

The South Brisbane Municipal Chambers building was purchased by Somerville House school on 15 June 1999.

 


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Book Launch for a Photo Booklet by Roger R. Marks on 13 September 2006

 


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Peter Wornham and Roger Marks (sitting)

 


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Book Launch ceremony at the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers on 13 Sep 2006

 


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Stephen T. Smith, the US Consul General
from Sydney officiating at the book launch

 


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The ornate ceiling and stained glass window
above the staircase to the first floor

 


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Stained glass above windows on the Graham Street side of the building

 


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Military Actor on guard at the book launch

 


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Another military Actor on guard at the book launch

 


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Stairway to the basement area

 


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Basement area which was used as cells during WW2.

 


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Basement area which was used as cells during WW2.

 


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Basement area which was used as cells during WW2.

 


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Basement area which was used as cells during WW2.
The solitary confinement cell can be seen in the background.

 


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Inside the solitary confinement cell

 


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The curved brick ceiling of the solitary confinement cell

 


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The entrance to the cell area is through the barred doors on the right

 


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The barred doors which provided entry to the basement
area which was used as cells during WW2

 


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The Americans built a ramp from the rear of the South Brisbane Municipal
Chambers across to the roadway to the left of the photo.

 


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The rear of the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers

 


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An auxiliary building built on site by the Americans during WW2

 


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The other end of the above auxiliary building

 


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A view of the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers from Somerville House

 

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