American occupation at Camp Cable to be celebrated

Published: 15 September 2017

American occupation at Camp Cable to be celebrated
The construction of the American training base Camp Cable. Photo from the State Library of Queensland.

Logan residents will be able to go back in time to 1942 to celebrate a special part of the city’s history later this month.

City Lifestyle and Customer Services Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said the 75th anniversary of the American training base Camp Cable would be celebrated by the community on 23 September.

Cr Swenson said the base was a World War II training base for more than 20,000 American soldiers and was located where the Yarrabilba estate is now.  

“Camp Cable was built as a training base for the US 32nd ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division, which was sent to Australia in return for the Australian 9th Division remaining in the Middle East,” Cr Swenson said.

“Most of Camp Cable was constructed between July and October 1942, but by September 1942, 20,000 American troops had arrived.

The name of the camp was changed from Camp Tamborine to Camp Cable, to honour Sergeant Gerald O. Cable who was killed en-route to the camp as a result of a Japanese submarine attack.

“Although the camp was only occupied by Americans for two years, it left a lasting legacy in the district.”

Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski said to mark the 75th anniversary of Camp Cable, a free family event was being held from 2pm to 8pm at St Clare’s Primary School in Yarrabilba.

“The anniversary celebrations will take people back in time to the 1940s and will consist of historical displays, World War II army vehicles and American themed food for purchase,” Cr Koranski said.

“There will also be re-enactments, a period fashion parade demonstration, live music and performances by The Village Rockers as well as swing dance lessons for all ages.

“From 6.30pm–8pm it will be jive time and participants will be able to dance away to 1940s tunes with a 17 piece live band.”

“Council’s Local Heritage Specialist has contacted some eye-witnesses of the time, now in their late eighties and nineties, who have agreed to share their reminiscences during the day.”

The anniversary celebrations are supported by the Yarrabilba Small Grants Program, an initiative of the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation and Lendlease.