Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum


Useful Information

Location: Joan Street, Mount Isa.
Open: APR to SEP daily 10-14. [2005]
Fee: Adults AUD 10, Concession AUD 8, Student AUD 4. Groups (+): Adults AUD 6. [2005]
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Address: Mount Isa Underground Hospital, Joan Street, Mount Isa, Qld 4825, Tel: +61-7-4743-9156. E-mail: contact
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History

 
1942bombing of Darwin.
1995it was decided to conserve and develop the underground hospital as a tourist attraction.

Description

The Underground Hospital is a remains of World War II. After the bombing of Darwin in 1942, precautions were taken to protect the top end of Australia in the event of an air raid. Also thousands of American troops were relocated into Northwest Queensland from April 1942.

It was decided to excavate a large air-raid shelter, designed to function as a fully equipped underground hospital. The place was the hospital reserve, where a 40 bed Community Hospital was opened in 1929. Miners, working in their spare time and at the weekends, excavated the hospital. It was equipped with a surgical theatre and a delivery room. Once a week there was an air-raid drill, and nurses and orderlies wheeled less-seriously-ill patients to the underground hospital. No Japanese bombers ever came to Mount Isa, so the hospital was never needed.


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