Tuesday, October 9, 2012

HMAS Moreton

The Teneriffe area was a vital cog in the Australian-American naval forces during WWII. The former Capricorn Wharf was a US submarine base, and just south of that was the Australian Navy's base HMAS Moreton.

The Capricorn Wharf returned to civilian duty as a commercial wharf following the war, and then was demolished as the Teneriffe precinct began its urban renewal.

HMAS Moreton continued as a naval base through until it was decommissioned in 1994 and then demolished soon after. This allowed the construction of Freshwater Apartments (below) on the site. 
08 - Freshwater apartments
(Photo: Brisbane City Council on flickr)

Here are a couple of photographs of HMAS Moreton shortly before it was demolished.
(Photo: Brisbane City Council; BCC-S35-9866)
(Photo: Brisbane City Council; BCC-C35-942044.15) 

The next photo shows two WRANS standing next to a Navy Oldsmobile at the base during WWII. I assume that they would have driven navy brass around at the time.
(Photo: Australian War Memorial; P00294.001_1943)

Next we have a photograph from the early 1970s of HMAS Yarra berthed at the HMAS Moreton wharf. The suburb of New Farm and the Story Bridge are visible behind the base.
 (Photo: RAN Historical, Heritage Collection image ID NO. 04289)

A memorial plaque remembering the WRANS who served at HMAS Moreton has been fixed to a stone at the former site. 
(Photo: http://www.flickr.com; © The Tanny Kid)

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  1. HMAS Moreton was at Garden Point during WWII. The site where Freshwater Apartments are today was the RAN Navy Victualling Store during WWII and later became HMAS Moreton in 1960. I believe that plaque to NS is located at Garden Point and the WWII Photo of the WRANS was also at HMAS Moreton at Garden Point. http://www.ozatwar.com/ran/hmasmoreton.htm

    1. "I believe that plaque to NS" should have read "I believe that plaque to WRANS"

    2. Thanks for the clarification, Peter.


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