Kangaroo Point Air Raid Shelter (Raymond Park West)

Stage Number: MBSH.03.02.38

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Kangaroo Point-East Brisbane

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 94 Baines St, Kangaroo Point

Latitude & Longitude: -27.48080556,153.03744444

Time Link: 1942

Map Link: 1943

Image Time Point: 1943

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The outbreak of Pacific War (8 December 1941) led the Queensland Government to order the Brisbane City Council to build 200 concrete, pillbox public shelters. On 23 March 1942, the state instructed Council to build an extra 50 shelters in or near the City plus 25 suburban shelters. Council’s City Architect Frank Costello designed all shelters, for reuse afteer the war. He designed three types of public shelters – standard pillbox, bus waiting shed or park shelter. The 44 park shelters had a double cantilever roof supported by central columns emplaced on a concrete floor. They had all of their exterior walls removed to convert them, post-war, into open, picnic shelters. This shelter was completed by June 1942 to serve the Pineapple Hotel and Baines Street route. Brisbane air raid shelter construction ceased in 1943. It is still used as a picnic shelter.


Discover Queensland at war, Queensland World War II Historic Places website

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2058 Moreton District Maps – A Series. 6 miles to the inch. Moreton District. 6 miles to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane. 634905