Written by Norman Cramp, Director of Darwin Military Museum
Over 75 years have passed now and the belief, myth and rumour that there are numerous tunnels in and around Darwin and an underground hospital at East Point remain and persist.
So, are there wartime, military-constructed tunnels in or around Darwin or is it all just a myth based on wartime rumour and gossip?
He told me he had served at East Point during the war and that he clearly remembered ‘tunnels’ being built in that area. He left a copy of the photograph with us on which he, or someone had written, ‘Underground excavations for RAP (Regimental Aid Post) in jungle behind centre of East Point Battery approx. Oct/Nov ’42. Big Bill Capewell in photo – taken by Pete Roberts WX33728 – running approximately north, nor-west and situated from my memory behind 9.2 emplacements. If anything I feel behind #1’.
Alas, we’ll probably never know how, when or why the myth started but we know it is exactly that – a myth!