This is a place that I just had to visit. I grew up with stories of General Macarthur and to have one of his museums in Brisbane was a treat. It is at Edward Street on the 8th floor (the bottom floors being a bookstore).
It is open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 -3:00 with admission being $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids and family ticket of $12.
You can experience a bit of life during the World War II days of Brisbane, when public air raid shelters lined the streets, children wore identity discs and thousands of American and Australian troops inhabited camps around the city.
The office of General Douglas MacArthur, Commander-in-chief of the Allied Forces in the South-West Pacific area can open the world of our parents and grandparents.
For awhile it was as important as the Pentagon or the War Rooms in Whitehall. MacArthur occupied it from July 1942 until leaving Australia in November 1944.
The Australian Mutual Provident Society Building, as it was known, was selected on the basis of a report by Brigadier General R. J. Marshall dated 18 June 1942 which evaluated the various options in Brisbane. He said:
“it was the largest and most modern office building in the center of town...it was served by a battery of three elevators and the second and third floors have air-raid blast walls in the passageways and are fitted to have the tenants of the building gathered in those passage ways for protection.”
When the building next door was tore down it was discovered that instead of taking the route down elevators or stairs, they had put a door in leading to that building next to it. There is also rumours (I haven’t found out enough about it yet) that there is a tunnel leading from this building to the General Post office. I have only found one article in regards to this though, so don’t know if it is true. [more]
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