Between 1942 and 1945, Queensland became a support base for the war effort in
the South West Pacific. With the rapid capture of Singapore by the
Japanese forces and the subsequent bombing of Darwin and Townsville, Queensland
felt vulnerable and many anticipated invasion.
Fortifications, airfields and civil defence became an immediate priority.
Industry and the population were mobilised to provide workshops, depots,
factories and the necessary recreation and medical facilities. New
camps were required for the United States forces and Australia’s Divisions
returned from the Middle East. Queensland became a training area and
eventually Brisbane’s population doubled as it became the headquarters for the
South West Pacific campaign. The legacy of many of these places still
remains in the landscape.
Discover the places in Queensland that had military significance or supported
the war effort during the dynamic years of World War II.