Repairing broken windows, American canteen, Brisbane 1942. During the Thanksgiving Day riot Australian soldiers tried to gain entrance to the building that distributed luxuries to American sol
Collection of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland image 106429

When thinking of the great battlefields of World War II it is Stalingrad’s rooftops, London’s skyline and the jungles of Burma that come to mind, not the sleepy 'big country town' of Brisbane.

Graffiti on the walls of the holding bay by American service personnel who occupied the Walter Reid Building during World War II. One soldier wrote ‘A. Pasrouke Dec 2 1941,’ followed by “Back Again – Dec 1 1947’. Photograph by Ana Stevenson, 2010

Collection of Ana Stevenson

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