Cairns – WW2 v Now Photo Booklet...From An American Archives' Photo Viewpoint

Landing barges built where Incitec Pivot now is, with Liberty ship waiting at wharf. Photo: NARA

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.

* Now sold only in digital pdf format, grouped with a collection on a usb stick.


This booklet is now only available in pdf format on usb stick, grouped together with all other QAWW2 photo booklets.

$40 for USB Stick #2. Free postage within Australia.

These publications are an offshoot of my project to Bring Home The Images to Australia...

Cairns WW2 v Now Booklet Cover


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