37th Australian Camp Hospital

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Name 37th Australian Camp Hospital
Where formed Melville camp, Point Walter, Western Australia
Date formed August 1940
Capacity 60 beds reducing to 30 beds in February 1944
Locations Point Walter Reserve

General Information

The Melville Australian Army Camp was initially established in 1939 when the Army leased land from the Fremantle Council. After initial training at Northam, Militia units rotated through Melville Camp as part of the 13th Infantry Brigade Group. Accommodation was initially in tents with only the cookhouses, latrines, mess huts, showers etc in constructed buildings. Barrack huts were erected later amongst the trees which provided good cover.

When the war in the Pacific broke out in December 1941, all the units of the 13th Infantry Brigade Group entered camp at Melville Camp and trained in the surrounding bush areas.

Camp Hospital Melville was raised in August 1940 with 60 beds to service the 13th Infantry Brigade Group units that were starting to train at Melville Camp. They became 37th Australian Camp Hospital in April 1942 and were reduced to 30 beds in February 1944 before being disbanded in October 1944. The 122nd Australian Special Hospital occupied part of the site.




The above information was taken from camp.htm accessed 3 Aug 2019.