102nd Australian Convalescent Depot

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Recuperating soldiers marching to the beach in front of the Convalescent Depot - AWM image
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A WAAAF outside a convalescent camp hut
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Brief History

102nd Australian Convalescent Depot was raised at Enoggera in December 1941 within the Northern Command AAMC Training Depot, before becoming a separate unit in May 1942. It was relocated in June to Warwick and then to Burleigh Heads where it replaced 101st Australian Convalescent Depot and was reduced to 500 beds in November 1944. It was to remain there until the conclusion of the war.

This camp was located on the current site of the Sport and Recreation Camp at Tallebudgera. Here men recuperating, often from malaria contracted in New Guinea, could gain strength with medical attention, abundant food, sunshine, swimming and walking. It was a big camp and staff stayed in tents which were subject to the vagaries of the weather and the insect population.



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