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16 Mile Camp
16 Mile Camp

16 Mile Camp

First occupied just prior to the Japanese raids of 19 February 1942, 16 Mile Camp was the first of the ‘mile’ camps along the old North-South Road, now known as the Stuart Highway. The camp was named for its distance from Darwin — 16 miles — and was developed after the bombings to help defend against an expected Japanese invasion. Used as a base for both US and Australian troops, the camp’s remains are testimony to its former role as a key fixture in Australia’s defence. Few images exist of 16 Mile Camp, however a number of images taken at other ‘mile’ camps during World War II provide insight into the lifestyle of those military personnel who lived in this camp during that time.

Map Location

UBD Gregory's Street Directory - Darwin

Map 61, D14

Corner Lambrick Avenue and Stuart Highway, entry off Farrar Boulevard

 

Large shelters built by Australian troops using natural materials, location with the Northern Territory unknown.
Large shelters built by Australian troops using natural materials, location with the Northern Territory unknown.