Townsville has a rich World War II history. During World War II, concrete bunkers, forts, vantage points, searchlights, and gun emplacements were constructed and used by Australian and American soldiers. Many of them still stand today and remind us of Townsville's military history.Where was the saltpan in Townsville during the war?
The saltpan behind my home at Haig Street, Pimlico, Townsville had a number of rusting belly tanks from fighter and bomber aircraft that were based in Townsville during the war. The lucky kids who were a bit older had managed to grab the better ones a few years earlier and made canoes out of them.Who was the commander of the Townsville mutiny?
On 22 May 1942, aiming to kill their commander, Captain Francis Williams of Columbus, Georgia, the black troopers began firing machine guns at the tents of white officers, resulting in an eight-hour siege. At least one person was killed and dozens severely injured, and Australian Army soldiers were called in to roadblock the rioters.Where was the Excelsior Hotel in Townsville after the war?
A photograph of Flinders Street some time after the war. Chandlers and the Excelsior Hotelcan be seen on the left and the Adelaide Steamship Company building on the right. Another old photo (161 Kbytes) of Flinders Street, Townsville. Green and Rawkins Chemist on the right and City Mutual building on the left