Colonial Mutual Life Assurance

Stage Number: MBNH.09.01.96

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Brisbane City (CBD)

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 289 Queen St, Brisbane City

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46761111,153.02825

Time Link: 1930

Map Link: 1934

Image Time Point: 1934

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Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Building was built in 1930-31, Architects: Hennessey, Hennessey & Co. Colonial Mutual Life Assurance occuppied its building from 1931 to 1983. It had an arcade of shops and rented offices on the upper floors. It was then bought by the owners of The Courier Mail, when it underwent a two-year refit and restoration. It reopened in 1985 as ‘Newspaper House’ and it entered the public consciousness via the newspaper’s role in the vital Fitzgerald Enquiry (1987-89). In 1994, it was remodelled to be become ‘The Manor House’ apartments.


Jack Ford, Historic Houses Association of Australia’s Brisbane tour notes, (Ford, 2017); Department of Enviroment & Heritage Protection, Qld Heritage Register citation No.600160

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2058 Moreton District Maps – A Series. 4 miles to the inch. Moreton District. 4miles to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane. 634883