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BRISBANE GENERAL (TOOWONG) CEMETERY

  • Country Australia
  • Total identified casualties 396 Find these casualties
  • Region Queensland
  • Casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: -27.47798, Longitude: 152.9848

History information

With graving docks capable of accommodating destroyers and fuelling facilities, Brisbane became a naval base during the 1939-1945 War. Upon the entry of Japan into the war fixed defences were provided and manned and American detachments arrived and established themselves there. Allied Air Forces Headquarters, a Central Intelligence Unit and the Headquarters of the G.O.C. in Chief, Australian Military Forces were in Brisbane, and in July 1942 the American Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces South-West Pacific Area, moved his headquarters from Melbourne to Brisbane to be nearer the scene of the operations in Papua and New Guinea.

There are now 275 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 118 of the 1939-1945 war commemorated here. There are also 2 Dutch Naval burials here. The great majority of the graves are in the Returned Servicemen's Plot in Portion 10.