Brisbane like the rest of the world, braced for another war.
The Riverside Expressway, leading to Coronation Drive. At night.
Australia had been largely isolated, with its troops fighting in North Africa, while a megalomaniacal Japanese war machine terrorised the West Pacific.
(It is now a shopping centre in the city, called MacArthur Central.) Other buildings were given over to military use.
Brisbane would be used as the Allied rear hub until 1945.
In 1961 iconic Mayor Clem Jones was elected and began instituting solutions as well as a town plan. The tax base (ratings base) of the city had grown, which aided urban and suburban renewal.
But in 1974 Brisbane's arch-nemesis would strike its 911,000 inhabitants.