Camp Tasman: United States 172nd Station Hospital
Nudgee Junior College
- Military camp
- Brisbane City
Camp Tasman: United States 172nd Station Hospital, Indooroopilly 4068
During 1942 the students at Nudgee Junior College were evacuated and extensions and additions were made to the school to enable it to be used as a hospital. The US Army occupied the site as the 172nd Station Hospital.
Approximately 160 personnel were stationed there. Part of the school was turned into an Orthopaedic Ward, and another outlying building as an officers quarters, Nurses quarters, recreation buildings, and barrack huts were erected over across the site. Allegedly the hospital treated survivors from the USS Sims and the US tanker Neosho which were sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea.
The Red Cross also had programs for rehabilitation that were undertaken at the hospital.
The Far East Liaison Office, a military propaganda section of the secret Allied Intelligence Bureau, operated personnel in Japanese-occupied countries during the war. One of its bases on mainland Australia was at a small facility known as Camp Tasman, located at the Nudgee Junior College. The Camp included quarters and offices for FELO personnel.
It is possible that the school was considered as, or used for a training depot for the WAAAF during 1942.
NAA Series BP262/2, 9127 Part 2 Allied Works Council Queensland - Annual Report of work done by AWC Qld to 30 June 1943. Barcode 438604
NAA Series MP508/1 259/737/978 Indooroopilly, Qld.: W.A.A.A.F. Training Depot, - Hiring of Christian Bros. College barcode 3360051
HN Walker, 'Psychological Warfare in the South-West Pacific, printed in 'Stand To', December 1952 and reprinted in 'Army Journal'
BCC Heritage Unit files