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Pioneer Park, Camp Maryborough

Pioneer Park, Camp Maryborough
Woongool RoadMaryborough, QLD 4650

Pioneer Park was the site of a massive military camp in Tinana in 1942, with concrete poured, canvas buildings erected, and 40 kilometres of roads built. A hospital was also constructed capable of accommodating 500 beds. Despite all this work, the American soldiers who were to use the site were sent elsewhere when Allied advances in the war resulted in the reallocation of military resources to the north of Australia. Then when the US 27th Division did not arrive in Queensland; the Tinana construction was reprioritised again, and the camp was not finished until January 1944. By then it was largely redundant. Concrete footings are mostly all that remains of this once-extensive camp.