24 Jun Garbutt, Townsville, 44th General Hospital, US Army, Black River Brothel established by Americans in a house at Stuart, Townsville. 17 Dec BROTHELS are closing because of rampant illegal prostitution, according to owners, who want more policing or an overhaul of laws. Brothels closed in Townsville, Mackay, Sunshine Coast and Cairns. It's killing us.”. After being caught in the act with an American soldier, one young woman begged like Mt. Isa and Townsville had several brothels catering to American troops.