Green Street bunker

Green Street Bunker

Green Street bunker

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The Green Street bunker at West End (Townsville), Queensland, Australia is also known as the Sidney Street bunker and Project 81. It was built by the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II.

The erection of the Green Street bunker (Project 81) at the end of Sidney Street in West End was approved on 12 March 1942.

The road up Castle Hill was closed to traffic on about 12 March 1942 to ensure the construction of military facilities such as this bunker were not obvious. The bunker was completed about 12 weeks later. The bunker was fully air-conditioned during its use in World War II.


There were 17 buildings at Project 81 as follows:-

  • 1 Guard Room
  • 2 Old dilapidated weather board cottage, Airmens Quarters
  • 3 Prefabricated Hut G.I. Roof - Met Store Room
  • 4 Latrine
  • 5 G.I. Shed
  • 6 Weather board Building G.I. Roof General Offices
  • 7 Canteen
  • 8 W.A.A.F. Mess Room
  • 9 Airman's Mess Room
  • 10 Guard House
  • 11 Latrines
  • 12 Air Conditioning Plant
  • 13 Area Operations Room and General Offices
  • 14 Photographic Intelligence Section
  • 15 G.I. Shed
  • 16 Weather Board Building G.I. Room
  • 17 25 Yard Range Mound

It is believed that the bunker was used as No. 24 Squadron RAAF Headquarters and by the RAAF Operations and Signals group (Intelligence). The building (120 ft x 60 ft) was built like a fortress, with enormous thick walls and roof. It was apparently capable of sustaining a direct hit with minimal damage.The rooms in the bunkers were used as follows:-

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