I agree with what you say about the Japs wanting to invade Australia,Darwin was repeatedly attacked because the Yanks were refuelling ships there but I think attacks onm Sydney and Newcastle were nothing more than a morale destroying exercise.If you were an 18 year old in New Guinea and heard that your Mums Hills Hoist had been blown up in a Jap shelling, chances are you wouldn’t want to fight anywhere except in your backyard.
As the the “crackpot “at Acacia Ridge,I swam in that old quarry when i was a kid and we were constantly pulling up old bayonets that had been cut in two simply by diving for them.The police didn’t shut him down, he had all the right permits and he dragged more stuff out of there than was announced, there are photos on the net of machine guns,pistols,aircraft parts etc he got .I took a special interest in what he was up to as we had spent so much time there.
My father was stationed at Archerfield with the RAAF after the War until he was discharged and he agrees that the quarry was used to dump all sorts of crap and a friend of his told me that the bombers used at Maralinga were flown to Archerfield after the tests and were taxied to the paddock near the quarry and were washed down with water from the quarry which then ran back into it
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