Balmoral Park: A.A. Battery site, Bowls Club, Scout & Guides huts

Stage Number: MBSH.03.03.40

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Bulimba-Balmoral-Hawthorne-Morningside

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 481 Wynnum Rd, Morninside

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47186111,153.06672222

Time Link: 1942

Map Link: 1943

Image Time Point: 1943

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Fearing Japanese air attack, after the Darwin Raid (19 February), the 6th AA Group’s anti-aircraft (AA) guns were positioned strategically across Brisbane. The Group’s 378th Heavy AA Battery controlled numerous 4-gun postions that were designed to protect military facilities along the river. Four 3.7 inch static Heavy AA guns, with a magazine and control-room were emplaced above Balmoral Cemetery, because of the elevation and river proximity. The Bowls Club (1919), Scouts and Girl Guide Huts were utilised. Each gun had a crew of 10-12 from the militia and the Volunteer Defence Corps VDC. As men left for the front, the crews came from the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) by mid-1943. Crews were reduced to care and maintenacein 1944 and the site was disarmed and abandoned in 1945.


Discover Queensland at war, Queensland World War II Historic Places website

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Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2058 Moreton District Maps – A Series. 6 miles to the inch. Moreton District. 6 miles to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane. 634905