Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Civil Defence Headquarters

State Government Offices, (former) Public Curators Offices


419 Flinders Street (cnr Stanley Street), Townsville 4810

The Headquarters for Townsville’s Air Raid Wardens was located in the basement of this substantial building built by the Queensland Public Works Department in 1928. James Charles Butler was the Chief Air Raid Warden for Townsville during WWII. He attended the site at Oonoonba where the eighth Japanese bomb impacted and kept a fragment of the bomb as a souvenir.


"The Butler Family". Townsville Bulletin 20 March 2007.

The North Queensland Line: The Defence of Townsville in 1942". Ray Holyoak unpublished Honours Thesis, James Cook University, Townsville 1998.