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- Photo Booklets
DISCOVER Cairns' forgotten World War 2 heritage. This photo booklet features a large collection of rarely seen archive photos of Allied military sites around Cairns during World War 2...
The book contains a rare snapshot of the city from 1942-1945 and is a natural extension of my 24 in number series "BRISBANE – WW2 v Now" etc.
US Services official photographers were active during WW2 here on the Australian Mainland (and elsewhere of course) when and in places where few others would have had security clearances to do so. These many thousands of B&W images lie 'doggo' in American Archives – few if any Americans would look at them but WW2 historically minded Australians would be really interested. Sadly, the images are not digitised and NARA (American Archives' National Archives and Records Administration – NARA) has no plan to do so.
My wife Jenny and I have made three trips to Washington to trawl (card file indexes – rooms full of such chests of drawers !) for these; we've copied some 3000 plus images complete with their surviving captions, but this is likely only around a third of what's there to be located.
Launched by Bill Cummings of Cummings Economics, Cairns – 10 October 2012.
Some photos included in CAIRNS – WW2 v Now, are:
|1. Double Island, Under Rocket Attack||sample photo|
|2. Rocket Launcher on Amphibious Vehicle, Off Palm Cove||sample photo|
|3. Two Cairns Girls Doing 'Mens' Stuff||sample photo|
|4. Landing Barges Where Incitec Pivot Is, With Liberty Ship Waiting at Wharf||sample photo|
|5. A Chapel; but where?||sample photo|
These publications are an offshoot of my project to Bring Home The Images to Australia...
Cost $15. Free postage within Australia.
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