Recreation Hall

Recreation Hall

Stage Number: MBSH.02.05.22

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Moorooka-Tarragindi

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 204 Beaudesert Road, Moorooka

Latitude & Longitude: -27.53302778,153.02522222

Time Link: 1945

Map Link: 1946

Image Time Point: 1946

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The United States Army Service of Supply camp at Moorooka during WWII had a large recreation hall in which the camp personnel were entertained by well-known US acts such as Artie Shaw and Janet Gaynor. After the war, the hall was purchased by a Mr Hughes, who owned a movie theatre at Annerley. He relocated the large hall to Moorvale, on the corner of Mayfield and Beaudesert roads, and local residents believed that Moorooka was about to get its first movie theatre. However, the shed was instead rented out for various other purposes over several years before the Hughes Shopping Centre was built on the site.


Australia @ War, ‘Camp Moorooka, USASOS Staging Camp, Moorooka’ (, sighted 26 July 2017.

Image Citations

The Australian Army amenities service theatre and recreation hut, Moorooka, April 1945. Australian War Memorial. Record number. 088371.

Map References

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