Letters related to Richard Marshall and the Evacuation of Cairns, 1939

Accession Number AWM2018.785.58
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 2
Object type Letter
Physical description 8 Image/s captured
Maker Marshall, Richard
Date made 1939
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use, permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Letters relating to the Second World War service of Richard Marshall, 51st Battalion, Cairns (local militia). As part of his work in the Intelligence Section of the 51st Battalion, Cairns, Marshall prepared a report proposing strategies for the evacuation of Cairns in the event of an invasion by enemy forces. In his report, Marshall recommends that the populace of Cairns, including hospital patients and school children, be evacuated to the Atherton Tablelands if the necessity arose. He details the transportation of people and supplies by trains, road vehicles, and airplanes, and estimates that, all going according to plan, approximately 10,000 people could be evacuated in 40 hours. Marshall also suggests the destruction of key transport routes and public utilities after evacuation to slow the progress of invading enemy forces.
Additionally, this collection includes a letter from a Mr. W. Stovell containing details about numbers of police vehicles, which Marshall then used in his report.

This file contains:
Report from Richard Marshall to the Commanding Officer of 51st Battalion Cairns, Cairns, 10 September 1939
Letter from W Stovell to Richard Marshall, [date unknown]