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Monday, January 5, 2009

Coastal Radio Service under RAN control in WWII

During my exploratory visits in the Townsville area looking for new WWII sites, I stumbled across this rather strange concrete structure in Victoria Park at South Townsville a few years ago.

I had no idea what it was until recently. I believe it was the base for a large steel radio mast for the Townsville Radio Station which was located in the reinforced concrete building which is now Souths Football Club House in Victoria Park. The
Townsville Radio Station was established by the Coastal Radio Service in 1913.

During WWII it came under the control of the Royal Australian Navy.

The US Army also established what they called Camp Victoria Park near this Radio Station during WWII.