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  • A side entrance to the 2nd Advance Sig Park Camp in Kure, Japan, circa winter 1946.

    2nd Advance Sig Park Camp in Kure

    A side entrance to the 2nd Advance Sig Park Camp in Kure, Japan, circa winter 1946.

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  • Nine of the twelve members of 2nd Advance Sig Park unit, in Kure, Japan, circa 1946. Merv Kay is on the back left.

    2nd Advance Sig Park unit, Kure, Japan

    Nine of the twelve members of 2nd Advance Sig Park unit, in Kure, Japan, circa 1946. Merv Kay is on the back left.

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  • The B.C.O.F. buildings in Kure, Japan with a view of Iwo Jima across the sea. Heavy snow on the pitched roofs created a venue for snowboarding to entertain the troops.

    BCOF buildings in Kure

    The B.C.O.F. buildings in Kure, Japan with a view of Iwo Jima across the sea. Heavy snow on the pitched roofs created a venue for snowboarding to entertain the troops.

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  • B.C.O.F. work group in Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

    BCOF work group

    B.C.O.F. work group in Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

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  • The entrance to H.Q.2 Aust. Adv. Sig. Park at Kure, circa 1946. The sign advises the Japanese to approach no closer than 20 yards.

    H.Q.2 Aust. Adv. Sig. Park at Kure

    The entrance to H.Q.2 Aust. Adv. Sig. Park at Kure, circa 1946. The sign advises the Japanese to approach no closer than 20 yards.

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  • Headquarters British Commonwealth Base, Kure, Southern Honshu, Japan, circa 1946.

    Headquarters British Commonwealth Base, Kure

    Headquarters British Commonwealth Base, Kure, Southern Honshu, Japan, circa 1946.

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  • Photograph of Hiroshima taken by Merv Kay, circa 1946.

    Hiroshima

    Photograph of Hiroshima taken by Merv Kay, circa 1946.

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  • Photograph of Hiroshima taken by Merv Kay, circa 1946.

    Hiroshima

    Photograph of Hiroshima taken by Merv Kay, circa 1946.

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  • Photograph of Hiroshima taken by Merv Kay, circa 1946. The church seen in the bottom right was used to store provisions after the bombing.

    Hiroshima

    Photograph of Hiroshima taken by Merv Kay, circa 1946. The church seen in the bottom right was used to store provisions after the bombing.

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  • The aftermath of the atomic bomb, photograph of Hiroshima taken by Merv Kay, circa 1946.

    Hiroshima

    The aftermath of the atomic bomb, photograph of Hiroshima taken by Merv Kay, circa 1946.

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  • Japanese cemetery near Kure, Japan, circa 1946. The coffins in this cemetery are positioned vertically.

    Japanese Cemetery, Kure, Japan

    Japanese cemetery near Kure, Japan, circa 1946. The coffins in this cemetery are positioned vertically.

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  • Top: Methodist Church destroyed by atomic bomb. Middle: The damaged centre of Hiroshima Bottom: The main street of Hiroshima near Shimura Watch Shop.  

    Japanese Cemetery, Kure, Japan

    Top: Methodist Church destroyed by atomic bomb.
    Middle: The damaged centre of Hiroshima
    Bottom: The main street of Hiroshima near Shimura Watch Shop.

     

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  • Japanese fishing boats, circa 1946. The smaller boats bring their catch to the larger cooking boat, where the fish are boiled in salt water and then laid to dry on straw mats beside the road. Women on the beach clean the cane fish baskets.

    Japanese Fishing boats

    Japanese fishing boats, circa 1946. The smaller boats bring their catch to the larger cooking boat, where the fish are boiled in salt water and then laid to dry on straw mats beside the road. Women on the beach clean the cane fish baskets.

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  • Japanese Occupation currency during WWII.

    Japanese Occupation currency

    Japanese Occupation currency during WWII.

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  • Japanese toilet, circa 1946.

    Japanese toilet

    Japanese toilet, circa 1946.

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  • Japanese Torii at Iwo Jima, Japan, circa 1946.

    Japanese Torii at Iwo Jima

    Japanese Torii at Iwo Jima, Japan, circa 1946.

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  • B.C.O.F. Kure, Japan, 1946

    Kure, Japan

    B.C.O.F. Kure, Japan, 1946

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  • A view of a Kure, Japan, showing one of many tunnels in Japan which are built to spare the space on top for agriculture.

    Kure, Japan

    A view of a Kure, Japan, showing one of many tunnels in Japan which are built to spare the space on top for agriculture.

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  • Merv Kay joking around in a crate while serving in the B.C.O.F, Kure, Japan. 1946.

    Merv Kay

    Merv Kay joking around in a crate while serving in the B.C.O.F, Kure, Japan. 1946.

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  • Merv Kay having a bit of fun dressing up as a Geisha girl in Japan, circa 1946.

    Merv Kay

    Merv Kay having a bit of fun dressing up as a Geisha girl in Japan, circa 1946.

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  • Merv Kay with Japanese workers packing goods for return to Australia, Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

    Merv Kay

    Merv Kay with Japanese workers packing goods for return to Australia, Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

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  • A casual photos of Merv Kay by an army jeep, Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

    Merv Kay

    A casual photos of Merv Kay by an army jeep, Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

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  • Merv Kay with a water carrier under his control, with a capacity of 3538 gallons, in Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

    Merv Kay

    Merv Kay with a water carrier under his control, with a capacity of 3538 gallons, in Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

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  • Merv Kay at the wheel of a battery operated trolley in Kure, Japan, while serving with the B.C.O.F. circa 1946.

    Merv Kay

    Merv Kay at the wheel of a battery operated trolley in Kure, Japan, while serving with the B.C.O.F. circa 1946.

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  • Merv Kay and his Japanese motor mechanics, in Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

    Merv Kay and his motor mechanics

    Merv Kay and his Japanese motor mechanics, in Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

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  • Left: Merv Kay and his boxing mate Ted Harper in Kure, Japan, circa 1946. Right: Ted Harper with an army jeep.

    Merv Kay and Ted Harper

    Left: Merv Kay and his boxing mate Ted Harper in Kure, Japan, circa 1946.
    Right: Ted Harper with an army jeep.

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  • Merv Kay and his mate Ted Harper at Iwo Jima, Japan, circa 1946. The monument in the background is a Torii – Gateway to the Sea Gods.

    Merv Kay and Ted Harper

    Merv Kay and his mate Ted Harper at Iwo Jima, Japan, circa 1946. The monument in the background is a Torii – Gateway to the Sea Gods.

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  • Merv Kay seated at the controls of a Peters Crane, in Kure, Japan, 1946.

    Merv Kay driving crane

    Merv Kay seated at the controls of a Peters Crane, in Kure, Japan, 1946.

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  • Merv Kay in Japan

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  • Merv Kay clowning around by the B.C.O.F. Signals sign, Kure, Japan, circa 1947.

    Merv Kay in Japan

    Merv Kay clowning around by the B.C.O.F. Signals sign, Kure, Japan, circa 1947.

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  • Merv Kay leading a bull in Japan, circa 1946.

    Merv Kay leading a bull

    Merv Kay leading a bull in Japan, circa 1946.

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  • Merv Kay with a truckload of radio transmitter valves. Some of these were almost as high as a man and were packed individually in crates, cushioned  with coil springs on all sides to absorb shock during transport, Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

    Merv Kay with a truckload of radio transmitter valves

    Merv Kay with a truckload of radio transmitter valves. Some of these were almost as high as a man and were packed individually in crates, cushioned  with coil springs on all sides to absorb shock during transport, Kure, Japan, circa 1946.

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  • The seaport of Nagasaki after the dropping of the Atom Bomg on 9th August, 1945.

    Nagasaki

    The seaport of Nagasaki after the dropping of the Atom Bomg on 9th August, 1945.

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  • Japanese postcard of Mt Fuji, circa 1946.

    Postcard – Mt Fuji

    Japanese postcard of Mt Fuji, circa 1946.

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  • While serving in the BCOF in Kure, Japan, Merv Kay sent this postcode home to his mom in Payne Road, The Gap, Christmas 1946.

    Postcard Christmas greetings

    While serving in the BCOF in Kure, Japan, Merv Kay sent this postcode home to his mom in Payne Road, The Gap, Christmas 1946.

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  • Top: postcard of Kure, Japan, where Merv Kay was stationed with B.C.O.F. after WWII. Bottom: postcard of Hiroshima residents getting back to business after the atom bomb.

    Postcards – Kure & Hiroshima

    Top: postcard of Kure, Japan, where Merv Kay was stationed with B.C.O.F. after WWII.
    Bottom: postcard of Hiroshima residents getting back to business after the atom bomb.

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  • "B.C.O.F. troops drawn up on the wharf before boarding the troopship "Manoora" for Japan. They were mostly new recruits, but here and there were men wearing the ribbons of famous A.I.F. campaigns. " News clipping courtesy of Merv Kay.

    Tropps of BCOF leave for Japan

    “B.C.O.F. troops drawn up on the wharf before boarding the troopship “Manoora” for Japan. They were mostly new recruits, but here and there were men wearing the ribbons of famous A.I.F. campaigns. ”

    News clipping courtesy of Merv Kay.

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  • This young lady's quarters are nearby to the B.C.O.F. barracks in Kure, Japan, 1946. The two signs in the windows read "OUT OF BOUNDS".

    Young lady’s quarters

    This young lady’s quarters are nearby to the B.C.O.F. barracks in Kure, Japan, 1946. The two signs in the windows read “OUT OF BOUNDS”.

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