Central War Room


War Cabinet Room


Victoria Barracks in Melbourne became the Headquarters for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) since its formation in 1911.

Australia was divided into a number of naval zones which more or less ignored each other. The zones were:-

Cin C East Indies to the West of West Australia
NOIC Fremantle
NOIC Port Melbourne 
NOIC Hobart
NOIC Sydney 
NOIC Brisbane
NOIC Townsville
NOIC Darwin
NOIC New Guinea

Where NOIC stands for Naval Officer in Charge.


Special Intelligence Bureau


Directorate of Naval Communications


Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS)


Examination Service
(P.W.S.S., W.S.S., & Examination Vessels)


Navy League


Women's Emergency Signalling Corps
1st members of the WRANS came from the WESC



I'd welcome any information or photos regarding
any of these little known RAN Shore Establishments

Albany War Signal Station
(at Princess Royal Battery, Mount Adelaide)
Allied Naval Forces, South-West Pacific Area Archer Point War Signal Station (near Cooktown, QLD)
 Bonshaw Naval Wireless Station (post WWII about 1955) Booby Island War Signal Station, QLD Boom Defence Brisbane - RAN Station 8
(near Lytton)
(Worked in association
with RAN 9)
Boom Defence Cairns Boom Defence Darwin Boom Defence Depot Pinkenba, Brisbane
Boom Defence South Passage
Between Moreton & North Stradbroke Islands
Boom Defence Sydney Boom Defence Townsville
Cape Otway War Signal Station Colmslie Fairmile Base, Colmslie, Brisbane Exmouth Gulf PWSS
(The Submarine Depot Ship acted as a PWSS)
Gabo Island War Signal Station (VIC) HMAS Assault, Port Stephens HMAS Belconnen Naval Wireless Station (Transmitter)
HMAS Cerberus, Flinders HMAS Huon, Hobart HMAS Harman, Canberra
HMAS Kuttabul, Garden Island, Sydney HMAS Leeuwin, Fremantle HMAS Lonsdale, Melbourne
HMAS Magnetic
Townsville, QLD

(HMA Name Ship was MV Pagrus)
HMAS Maitland
Naval Depot, Newcastle
HMAS Melville, Darwin
previously HMAS Penguin IV
HMAS Moreton, Naval Depot, Brisbane
(originally named Brisbane)
HMAS Penguin IV Darwin
Renamed HMAS Melville
 HMAS Penguin, Balmoral, Sydney
HMAS Torrens - Naval Depot and Headquarters at Port Adelaide, SA HMAS Rushcutter Naval Depot, Edgecliff, Rushcutter's Bay, NSW HMAS Watson
South Head, Sydney, NSW
HMAS Coonawarra, W/T and D/F Station
Intercept Station - HMAS Harman (Canberra)
Harman Naval Wireless Station (Receiving) Built 1938-39
Intercept Station - HMAS Ringwood (Melbourne?)
Molonglo Naval Wireless Station Port War Signal Station, Nelson Head, Port Stephens? Navy Victualling Store New Farm
Brisbane, QLD
RAN Naval Stores Depots
Ward Motors Premises, Wickham Street, Valley
RAN Station 1
Cowan Cowan, Moreton Island
"Buena Vista", Moffat Head, Caloundra

Port War Signal Station, Caloundra, QLD
RAN Station 2
Controlled Mining & Guard Loop Station Bribie Island, QLD,
moved to Tangalooma, Moreton Island in Sep 1943
RAN Station 3
Controlled Mining & Guard Loop Station, Cowan Cowan, QLD
RAN Station 4
Indicator Loop & Harbour Defence Asdic Station, Woorim, Bribie Island, QLD
RAN Station 5
Combined Training Centre (Naval Wing), Toorbul, QLD
RAN Station 6
Advanced Fairmile Base AFMB, Bongaree, Bribie Island, QLD
RAN Station 7
Indicator Loop & Harbour Defence Asdic Station, Comboyuro Point (near Bulwer), Moreton Island, QLD
RAN Station 8
Boom Defence Facility between Lytton and Bulwer Island, Brisbane, QLD
RAN Station 9
Indicator Loop & Photo-electric Beam Station Pinkenba (at Myrtletown), Brisbane, QLD
RAN Station 10 Controlled Mining Base, Pinkenba, QLD RAN Station 21
Port War Signal Station, Magnetic Island, QLD
RAN Station 22
Port War Signal Station Townsville, QLD
RAN Station 24
Harbour Signal Station, Townsville, QLD
RAN Station 42
Port War Signal Station, Fitzroy Island, QLD
RAN Station 44 Controlled Mining Station Cairns, QLD RAN Station 45
Boom Defence Depot Cairns, QLD
RAN Station 47
NAP Base Cairns, QLD
RAN Station 50
Port War Signal Station False Cape, Cairns, QLD
RAN Station 101
Port War Signal Station East Point, Port Darwin, NT
RAN Station 102
Extended Defence Officer, Port Darwin, NT
RAN Station 141
Port War Signal Station Rottnest Island, WA
RAN Station 142 Indicator Loop Control Station, Swanbourne, WA RAN Station 143
Port Radar Base, Fremantle, WA
RAN Station 144
D/F Station, Jandakot, WA
RAN Station 145
initially Mine Depot, then RAN Armament Depot, Byford, WA
RAN Station 161
Boom Defence Section, Albany, WA
RAN Station 181
Port War Signal Station, Outer Harbour, Adelaide, SA
RAN Station 182
War Signal Station, Neptune Island, SA
RAN Station 221
Port War Signal Station, Cape Direction, South Arm, Hobart, TAS
RAN Station 222
Tasmanian Coast Watching Organisation
RAN Station 223
Coast Watching Organisation, Bruny Island, Tas
RAN Station 241
Extended Defence Officer, Queenscliff, VIC
RAN Station 242
Port War Signal Station, Point Lonsdale, VIC
RAN Station 243
Examination Service Organisation, Queenscliff, VIC
RAN Station 244
Harbour Patrol Boat Base, Queenscliff, VIC
RAN Station 245
Indicator Loop Control Hut, Port Franklin, VIC
RAN Station 261
NOIC Port Kembla, NSW
RAN Station 262
Examination Service Organisation, Port Kembla, NSW
RAN Station 263
Boom Defence Organisation, Port Kembla, NSW
RAN Station 264
NAP Organisation, Port Kembla, NSW
RAN Station 281
Port War Signal Station & RDF School, South Head, Sydney, NSW
RAN Station 282
Controlled Mining Section, Botany Bay, NSW
RAN Station 283
Controlled Minefield & Indicator Loop Facility, Juno Head, Hawkesbury River, NSW
RAN Station 284
RDF School, South Head, Sydney, NSW
RAN Station 285
Indicator Loop & Controlled Mining Station, Hungry Beach, Hawkesbury River, NSW
RAN Station 301
Port War Signal Station,

Nobby's Head then Shepherd's Hill, Newcastle, NSW
RAN Station 302
Indicator Loop & Controlled Mining Station, Newcastle, NSW
RAN Station 307
Naval Recognition Personnel and Tubes Crew, Fort Tomaree, Nelson Bay, NSW
RAN Wireless Station
Stanton Hill, Townsville, QLD
RAN Oil Tanks Windsor
Located cnr Lutwyche Rd & Newmarket Rd, Windsor, Brisbane
RAN Naval Fuel Tanks Murrarie  Royal Edward Victualling Yard Store, Pyrmont, Sydney RAN Naval Stores Depots
Ward Motors, Wickham Street, Valley
RAN Storage Depot, Ella Street, Fortitude Valley Thursday Island War Signal Station, QLD
(May have been a PWSS on Goode Island?)
Wednesday Island War Signal Station, QLD
Wilson's Promontory War Signal Station    



HMAS Adelaide
I47/D47 Light Cruiser
HMAS Adele
KY89 Examination Vessel
HMAS Alatna
Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD) Vessel
HMAS Anaconda
SRD Vessel
HMAS Ararat
K34 Corvette
HMAS Armidale
J240 Corvette
HMAS Arunta
I30/D5 Destroyer
HMAS Atreus
Mine Layer
HMAS Australia
D84 Heavy Cruiser
HMAS Ballarat
J184 Corvette
HMAS Bangalow
FY23 Cable Repair Ship/Survey Vessel
HMAS Baralba
Stores Ship
HMAS Benalla
J323 Corvette
HMAS Bendigo
J187 Corvette
HMAS Bermagui
FY81 Mine Sweeper
HMAS Bingera
FY88 Anti Sub Vessel Training Vessel
HMAS Birchgrove Park
FY15 Minesweeper
HMAS Black Snake
SRD Vessel
HMAS Bombo
FY12 Minesweeper
HMAS Bowen
J285 Corvette
HMAS Broome
J191 Corvette
HMAS Bunbury
J241 Corvette
HMAS Bundaberg
J231 Corvette
HMAS Bungaree
M29 Minelayer
HMAS Burdekin
K376 Frigate
HMAS Cairns
J183 Corvette
HMAS Canberra
D33 Heavy Cruiser
HMAS Cape Leeuwin
FY30 Survey Ship
HMAS Castlemaine
J244 Corvette
HMAS Cessnock
J175 Corvette
HMAS Colac
J242 Corvette
HMAS Coolebar
J25 / FY84 Minesweeper / Stores Ship
HMAS Cowra
J351 Corvette
HMAS Deloraine
J232 Corvette
HMAS Diamond Snake
SRD Vessel
HMAS Diamantina
HMAS Doomba
J01 Escort
HMAS Dubbo
J251 Corvette
HMAS Echuca
J252 Corvette
HMAS Ellan
FY57 Examination Vessel
HMAS Falie
FY02 Stores Ship
HMAS Falkefjell
HMAS Forceful HMAS Fremantle
J246 Corvette
HMAS Geelong
HMAS Gerard
FY62 Stores Ship
HMAS Gladstone
J324 Corvette
HMAS Glenelg
J236 Corvette
HMAS Goolgwai
FY75 Minesweeper
HMAS Goorangai
Auxiliary Minesweeper
HMAS Goulburn
J167 Corvette
HMAS Gunbar
FY98 Minesweeper
HMAS Gympie
J238 Corvette
HMAS Heros
W130 / FY87 Tug

HMAS Hobart
D63 Light Cruiser

HMAS Innisfail
FY21 Cable Repair Ship

HMAS Inverell
J233 Corvette
HMAS Jacob Crijnssen    
HMAS John Oxley
FY65 Examination Vessel
HMAS Junee
J362 Corvette
HMAS Kalgoorlie
J192 Corvette
HMAS Kangaroo
Z80 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Kanimbla
C78 Landing Ship Infantry
HMAS Kapunda
J218 Corvette
HMAS Karangi
Z216 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Kara Kara HMAS Katoomba
J204 Corvette
HMAS Kiama
J353 Corvette
HMAS Kianga
FY19 Minesweeper
HMAS Kinchela
206 / 296 Boom Defence Vessel
in Brisbane River
HMAS Koala
Z69 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Kookaburra
Z15 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Koompartoo
Z256 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Koopa
FY49 Depot Ship
HMAS Kurumba
X64 Fleet Oiler / Tanker
HMAS Kybra
FY90 Anti Sub Vessel
former Dutch submarine K IX
HMAS Latrobe
J234 Corvette
HMAS Launceston
J179 Corvette
HMAS Lil-John
NAP Patrol Vessel (34)
HMAS Lithgow
J206 Corvette
 HMAS Magnetic (ex MV Pagrus)
Examination Vessel
HMAS Manoora
F48 / C77 Armed Merchant Cruiser / Landing Ship Infantry
HMAS Matafele
FY67 Stores Carrier
(Lost with all hands)
HMAS Matthew Flinders
FY66 Examination Vessel
HMAS Mavie HMAS Merkur
Stores Ship
HMAS Mildura
J207 Corvette
HMAS Miro Two
Examination Vessel
HMAS Moresby
J54 Escort / Survey Vessel
HMAS Moreton
Examination Vessel

HMAS Nambucca
Mine Sweeper

HMAS Narani HMAS Nizam
HMAS Orara HMAS Otter
Examination Vessel
HMAS Paluma
HMAS Patricia Cam
Stores Ship
HMAS Ping Wo
FL150 Stores Ship
HMAS Pirie
J189 Corvette
HMAS Poyang
FY20 Stores Ship
HMAS Quiberon
G81 Destroyer
HMAS Quickmatch
G92 Destroyer
HMAS Rockhampton
FY95 Minesweeper
HMAS Sea Witch
Examination Vessel
HMAS Shepparton
J248 Corvette
HMAS Shropshire
73 Cruiser
HMAS Sprightly
W103 Tug
HMAS St. Giles
Fy86 Tug
HMAS Stawell
J348 Corvette
HMAS Strahan
J363 Corvette
HMAS Stuart
I00 Destroyer
U74 Sloop
HMAS Sydney HMAS Tambar
Z83 / J141 Minesweeper
HMAS Terka
FY99 Minesweeper
HMAS Tolga
FY00 Minesweeper
HMAS Tooronga
HMAS Toowoomba
J157 Corvette
HMAS Townsville
J205 Corvette
HMAS Uralba
FY33 Mine Field Tender
HMAS Vendetta
I69 Destroyer
HMAS Victoria
Examination Vessel
HMAS Vigilant
Q80 Patrol Vessel
HMAS Wagga
J315 Corvette

HMAS Waree
W128 Tug

HMAS Warrego
U73 Sloop
HMAS Warramunga
I44 / D10 Destroyer
HMAS Warrnambool
H202 Corvette
W127 Tug
HMAS Westralia
F95 / C61 Armed Merchant Cruiser / Landing Ship Infantry
HMAS Whyalla
J153 Corvette
HMAS Wilcannia
FY92 Anti Sub Vessel
HMAS Yandra
FY91 Anti Sub Vessel
HMAS Yunnan
FY151 / FL151 Stores Ship


Air-Sea Rescue Boats (63 Foot)

915 Air Bird 918 Air Chief (Y252) 922 Air Clan
924 Air Cloud 902 Air Faith (Y258) 912 Air Foam
913 Air Guide (Y260) 908 Air Hope 913 Air Host
919 Air Master 925 Air Mercy 917 Air Mist
Air Nymph (Y257) 921 Air Rest 926 Air Sailor
920 Air Save 914 Air Sense 910 Air Speed
911 Air Spray (Y259) 916 Air Trail 923 Air View
927 Air Watch 912 Air Wave  


Navy Oil Tanks
Edge Hill, Cairns


Controlled Minefield Cairns Harbour


Controlled (Observation) Minefield Townsville Harbour


WWII mines found off Cairns coast


WWII mines found off the Townsville coast


Naval Auxiliary Patrol


Coast Watch Organisation


Minewatching Organisation


Defence of Bathurst and Melville Island
35 Tiwi from Melville Island were armed and equipped
by the RAN  to defend the islands during WWII



Bleakley, Jack, "The Eavesdroppers - The best kept secret of World War 2"

Gillett, Ross, "Australian & New Zealand Warships 1914 - 1945"

Straczek, J.H., "Royal Australian Navy, A - Z , Ships, Aircraft and Shore Establishments", Navy Public Affairs, Sydney, 1996

Charlton, Peter, "South Queensland WWII 1941 - 1945", Boolarong Publications, 1991



I'd like to thank Rex Turner and Greg Philpot for their assistance with this web page.


Can anyone help me with more information?


"Australia @ War" WWII Research Products

I need your help


 Peter Dunn 2015


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This page first produced 25 April 2001

This page last updated 19 August 2022