Friday, 28 April 2017

Interesting at Rockhampton, Queensland

In winter 2016 a drive to Nerimbera not very far from Rockhampton city is St Christophers Chapel at Nerimbera. The Chapel was erected in 1943 by the American 542 Engineers, Ship and Shore Battalion.  The timber and stone chapel was built on Harbour Board land made available to the U.S, Army by the Queensland Government.  It reflects the presence of American troops in Queensland during the Second World War and stands as the only structure of it's kind in Australia.

The area around the chapel has been used as a convalescent camp for American troops based around Rockhampton to rest after combat operations in the Pacific Islands.  During the peak time of American occupation more than 70,000 American soldiers from the 24th, 32nd and 41st U.S Army combat divisions, and One Army Corps - "1Corps", were stationed in the Rockhampton area.

The church was used for all denominations at that time and still is when every year a church service is held on the nearest Sunday to July 4.

More about St. Christophers Chapel is [ here ]

Not that many Australians or Americans realize or know about St. Christopers Chapel.

The Altar above and below the view from one of the sides.  No windows to let the breeze in on hot days.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The way to Rockhampton, Queensland

September 5, 2016 we left Mackay and drove to Rockhampton in Queensland where we stayed on our way up north, now, on our way down south.
Just over 100klm we stopped for some lunch (chips) at Camila  a can sugar growing area (another one).
The flower was rather vibrant and the poor house sure needs work done onit.

The car park of the petrol station.  I was told to take photo of that silver car but have no idea why, no one has looked at it since.

Photos of the caravan park we stayed in, you see the laundry with domestic machines, yes they are rather reasonable to use price wise.
Lastly our caravan nestled amid the trees in the shade.
Rockhampton is on the tropic of Capricorn.

A link is of some of the city photos when we visited in 2014

Monday, 24 April 2017

Some Orchids.

The two photos below, 1st one of a small area of the Caravan Park, then the Poinsettia next to the amenities block.
All photos were taken in Mackay, the orchids taken with my phone.

The car park next to the orchid building, our vehicle is the black one.
Many people told us to visit the orchids, we were disappointed as we had seen better on our travels.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A different look at Mackay, Queensland.

A different look at Mackay on the way down south.  We did stop at this city on the way further up north.  Link [here ]

Along the waterfront, and me.

Part of the large marina.

The lighthouse

The Races on the beach at Mackay.