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Historical Objects and Exhibits of the MacArthur Museum Brisbane

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In February 1942, as Japanese forces tightened their grip on the Philippines, General Douglas Macarthur was ordered by President Roosevelt to relocate to Australia. His famous speech, in which he said, “I came through and I shall return”, was first made in Australia, later Washington asked MacArthur to amend his promise to “We shall return”. He ignored the request.

While in Australia, Macarthur established his GHQ (General Headquarters) to Brisbane, where he occupied the AMP building, now MacArthur Chambers, from July 1942 to November 1944. His offices were on the eighth floor, where the MacArthur Museum Brisbane, is now located.  The MacArthur Museum Brisbane, remembers and records the history and significance of this period for Australia and the world.

Among the many historical objects and exhibits in the MacArthur Museum Brisbane, the following are some highlights:


“‎There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.” General Douglas Macarthur



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