1 Canadian Special Wireless Group Photo Gallery

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Darwin, N.T., Australia


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Some of the Darwin Bunch Sergeant's Mess
Camp Entrance Camp Buildings Camp Buildings Operations Building
Operators at Work Men's Quarters Sergeant's Quarters Water Storage Tanks Operator at Work Theatre Under the Southern Cross
Spitoon or Peetoon? Camp Showers Fatigues Feeding Joey Waiting for the Mail
Compressor Work Gang Operating Compressor Troppo? Volleyball Koala and Friend

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Photos courtesy of Syd Cooper who was a member of 1CSWG at Darwin. Syd returned to Canada with the rest of the unit in 1946. In 1947 he migrated back to Australia to marry his Australian sweetheart whom he had met while with 1CSWG. He has resided in Cronulla NSW since 1947.

Linemen members of the TM section, L - R Charles Shera, Robert Moffat, Lorenso Sampson, Sydney Cooper.  1CSWG TEchnical Maintenance Section.  Top - Bank of New South Wales. Bottom - Darwin Post Office.  1CSWG Mess Hall decked out for Christmas Dinner, Christmas day 1944.  Sign Post.  Camp laundry facilities.  One of the Camp pets!!! 

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Photos courtesy of Ted Box, a nephew of L/Cpl Lorne Baxter who was a member of 1CSWG in Darwin. The photos cover a range of camp life in Darwin, to Operations in Darwin, the trip south from Darwin to Sydney and once again camp life at Ingleburn Camp near Sydney. The first shows Lorne Baxter relaxing in the orchard at Vimy Barracks, (Royal Canadian School of Signals), Kingston Ontario, with Art Armour.
The second is a shot of the SS Monterey alongside, probably somewhere in the South Pacific. This is the vessel that transported 1CSWG from San Francisco to the South Pacific in 1945.


Vimy Barracks 1943, Sig Lorne Baxter and Art Armour.  SS Monterey 

These are some excellent shots of the inside of the Operations site in Darwin.

Operator at work  Lorne Baxter with the headset on  Raymond Cadieux with the headset on  Lorne Baxter standingat antenna rack  Lorne Baxter in front  Lorne Baxter hard at work copying Kata Kana  2 operators busy with Kata Kana  Excellent shot of the antenna rack, Lorne Baxter in middle  Excellent photo of operators positions with antenna rack at right 

This set of photos depicts some aspects of camp life Darwin and the surrounding area.

CH Boyd, Lorne Baxter, LR Dickinson, Jamey Jamesty  Messhall  Messhall  Living quarters  Weapons cleaning  Feeding Joey  Some of the camp buildings in Darwin  Termite mounds  Volleyball game at Cassurarima Beach, Darwin, Aug 1945  Raymond Cadieux, Japanese graveyard, Darwin Sept 1945  Amphibious aircraft in harbour, probably Darwin  Amphibious aircraft in harbour, probably Darwin 

This set of photos shows some of the almost 2900 mile trip south to Sydney which began 24 Oct 1945. 1CSWG loaded themselves and equipment into close to 100 trucks and began the long trip to Alice Springs. There they boarded the famous "The Ghan", vehicles and all and continued by railway south to Adelaide where the vehicles were off loaded and the drive to Sydney, another 1000 miles or so, began anew. After a lay over in Melbourne, 1CSWG finally arrived at Ingleburn Camp just outside Sydney on 24 Nov 1945. And, here they sat through Christmas and into February 1946 before they finally boarded the SS Socotra for there voyage home, arriving in Vancouver 26 Feb 1946.

On the road again heading south, Nov 1945  On the road again heading south, Nov 1945  Lunch/smoke break  All the comforts on the long trip south to Sydney by truck  The Ghan, famous railway runs throught the center of Australia  Australian newspaper clipping  Ingleburn Camp, 25 Nov 1945  Jamie Jamesty, Ingleburn Camp, 25 Nov 1945  Ingleburn Camp  Ingleburn Camp  Ingleburn Camp  Ingleburn Camp  Ingleburn Camp  Ingleburn Camp  SS Socotra at anchor 

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