Archive for July, 2007

World War 2 fortifications – Magnetic Island

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Magnetic Island fort

During World War 2, a series of fortifications were built along the Queensland coast as a defense against enemy attack. A fort complex was built on Magnetic Island, just offshore from Townsville. The complex was built between 1943 and 1945 and including a control post, observation post, gun emplacements, signal station and radar station.

After the war, the fort complex was abandoned, and all easily removable building material taken away. However, all the concrete structures survive remarkably intact. This complex is possibly the most intact in Queensland.

More images