Camp at Howard Springs, Darwin, Australia, 1942

What it is:

Snapshot measuring approx. 3.25 x 2.25 inches.

What I know about it:

Written on the back in pencil is:  January 1942 / Howard Springs / Darwin, Australia


This photo would be 70 years old this month.  I gather this is Howard Springs Nature Park, south of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.  My first assumption was that these are military men, but the absence of things like dog tags left me wondering if it was more of a generic work crew.  I’m still leaning towards military, but maybe I’m being unduly influenced by the date 1942.  At the very least, with the helmets and the hacksaw this seems to be more than just a recreational outing.  Are these even Australians?  Would an Australian need to write “Australia” on the back?  In any case, they seem up to the challenge of whatever they’re there for.  And the shirtless guy on the left reminds me that January is summer in Australia.

2 comments on “Camp at Howard Springs, Darwin, Australia, 1942”

  1. I think the American troops were stationed in Darwin from Jan,1942 as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbour. It is a very significant date in history. Cool photo whoever they are.

    • Thanks for the information. I should probably have done more research into it, but I was feeling lazy, since the photo was interesting enough as is.

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