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Carl R. Thien 1942

Lat 23° 22' 49S Long 150° 30' 22E  Rockhampton is located in central Queensland in Australia. Linked by rail southward to Brisbane and northward to Townsville. Fitzroy River runs through the town. Also known as "Rocky".

Wartime History
During 1942, Rockhampton was occupied by the U. S. Army I Corps and the 41st Infantry Division, before they moved to Townsville then onward to New Guinea. During the war, the town was visited by many famous Americans, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and entertainer Joe E. Brown. The "Brisbane Line" ran through the town of Rockhamton and was the first line of defense if Australia was invaded by the Japanese.

Botanical Gardens
During 1942, U. S. Army I Corps enlisted men were billeted in the Botanical Gardens. Today the gardens are a wildlife preserve, gardens and park.

Criterien Hotel
Prewar hotel. During 1942, U. S. Army officers were billeted at the hotel. This historic hotel is still in operation today.

Rockhampton Airfield
Used during the war by Australian and American aircraft

Central Queensland Military & Artefact Museum
156 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton 4700

Rockhampton Cemetery
Located in Rockhampton.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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