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MacArthur Museum

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Published December 25th 2009
These days it is almost impossible to imagine that Brisbane was once a command centre during World War II. City office buildings were sandbagged and had their windows taped. Nightly, the lights were turned out. Brisbane citizens faced restrictions on travel outside the city limits and everyone was issued with an identity card.

In 1941, Brisbane's population was only 350,000, which was then swelled by the stationing of 100,000 troops from the United States.

Take a step back in time at the MacArthur Museum and see how the people of Brisbane lived with the threat of fighting on their doorsteps and an influx of Australian and American troops to protect them.

The MacArthur Museum, located in the MacArthur Chambers building, pays tribute to this part of Brisbane's war history. The museum is also where General Douglas MacArthur set up his war machine headquarters from 1942-1944.

The museum tells the story of Brisbane at war through a series of fascinating exhibits. It covers the city's war history and Australia's alliance with the USA in protecting the South Pacific region from the perceived threat of invasion by Japan.

The exhibitions introduce General MacArthur and, through news reels, film clips and newspapers, visitors can see the impact of war on Brisbane and its residents.

It also includes interesting facets of war such as entertainment, the 'Battle of Brisbane' and war brides.
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Why? Learn about wartime Brisbane.
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Level 8 MacArthur Chambers, 201 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD
Cost: Adults $5, children $2.50
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