Morningside Air Raid Shelter

Stage Number: MBSH.03.03.15

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Bulimba-Balmoral-Hawthorne-Morningside

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 580 Wynnum Rd (cnr Thynne Rd), Morningside

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46911667,153.07029167

Time Link: 1942

Map Link: 1946

Image Time Point: 1946

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Built 1942, 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 Morningside Shops and the Wynnum Road tramline. Brisbane air raid shelter construction ceased in 1943. It is still used as a picnic shelter


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Qimagery. Brisbane City Council Series 1946. Scale: 1:15,900.