Northern Territory Area Workshop

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Brief History

The detachment of NT Force Ordnance Workshop at Larrakeyah in May 1942 became the Darwin Fortress Workshop, which was renamed in June to Fortress Ordnance Workshop and then again in July to 14th Line of Communication Sub Ara Workshop. In April 1943 they were renamed yet again, this time to NT Line of Communication Area Workshop and they sent a detachment to Adelaide River. In August they moved to Burrell Creek, with a detachment sent to Katherine in September.

With troop numbers in the Northern Territory declining, they were re-organised in February 1945 as 'Northern Territory Area Workshop. The unit had a number of specialised sections, with 3rd Radio Maintenance Section providing their radar section; 6th Watercraft Workshops as their watercraft section; Fortress Workshop Darwin as a fortress section and detachments of 2 Motor Troops Workshop along the convoy routes from Alice Springs and Mt Isa. Unit HQ, based at Larrakeyah controlled detachments at Larrakeyah, Winnellie, Adelaide River, Burrell Creek, Katherine, Mataranka, and Banka Banka. In March the detachments at Mataranka and Banka Banka were withdrawn and a new one established at Larrimah. The unit remained active in these areas until the end of hostilities.

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Content has come from The Unit Guide - Volume 5 - The Australian Army 1939-1945, page 5.607 - Graham R McKenzie-Smith - Big Sky Publishing - 2018

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