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The Americans are coming to town! Or so everyone thought in 1942 when a massive camp was constructed in Tinana. Concrete was poured, canvas buildings erected and 40 kilometres of roads built. The hospital alone could accommodate 500 beds. Despite all the work, the American soldiers planned for the site were sent elsewhere.
The Southwest Pacific Campaign brought the Americans to Australia in 1942. The South West Pacific Area (SWPA) was one of two theatres of war in Asia and the Pacific during World War II. It included Australia, Dutch East Indies (now part of Indonesia), Borneo, New Guinea, the Philippines and parts of the Solomon Islands. The United States general Douglas MacArthur was given command of the SWPA in April 1942. His first headquarters was in Melbourne, but he soon moved to Brisbane. The building he used is now called MacArthur Chambers. By 1943 there were 150,000 American troops stationed in Australia, most of which were stationed in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville. American soldiers had a big impact on Australian culture – Hollywood, Coca-Cola and hamburgers were just some of the trends that became popular in Australia during the war.