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    Terowie South Australia Australia
Terowie March 20, 1942
Lat 33° 10' 0S Long 138° 54' 0E Terowie is located at an elevation of 1755' / 534m above sea level located in the middle north region of South Australia in Australia.

Terowie Railroad Station (Terowie Railway Station)
Lat 33.1505°S Long 138.9212°E  The Terowie Railroad Station was established in 1880 at the line between Gawler and Peterborough at Terowie where the broad gauge line from Adelaide terminated. In 1881, the narrow gauge line from Peterborough. Terowie became an important location as the junction between the broad gauge and narrow gauge line. Rail road traffic increased in 1917 with the opening of the Trans-Australian Railway.

During World War II, the station was used for troop transport and Terowie Staging Camp was established to accommodate transient personnel. During 1943 until the end of the war, rail traffic increased with the opening of the Leigh Creek Coalfield. On January 12, 1970 the line north was converted to standard gauge to Peterborough. Afterward, Terowie was closed on July 26, 1988 and became a crossing loop.

General Douglas MacArthur Monument
A memorial plaque is located at commemorating March 20, 1942 at 2:00pm U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur was interviewed by two reporters reporters from the The Advertiser (Adelaide) newspaper for the first time in Australia at Terowie Railroad Station. The plaque reads: "I came out of Bataan and I shall return: This historic message that echoed around the world was given on this spot by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur at his first press interview in Australia, 20. 3. 1942."

During the interview he gave the remarks: "The President of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed from Corregidor to Australia for the purpose, as I understand it, of organizing an American offensive against Japan, the primary purpose of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return." The next morning, the The Advertiser (Adelaide) printed the interview with the headline "I Shall Return" that became MacArthur's rally and used it repeatedly in press releases until he returned to liberate the Philippines in 1945.

Adelaide Advertiser "Terowie celebrates its place in WWII folklore"
Oz@War "General Douglas MacArthur in Australia in Australia during WWII"

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March 20, 2021


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