Woolloongabba Air Raid Shelter

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.62

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Woolloongabba

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 34 Sword St, Woolloongabba (34 Flower St)

Latitude & Longitude: -27.49382778,153.04265

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. A total of 117 pillbox shelters were built and many were converted postwar into public toilets. This shelter was completed by June 1942 to serve the Woolloongabba Shops and the Logan Road tramline. Brisbane air raid shelter construction ceased in 1943.


Discover Queensland at war, www.ww2places.qld.gov.au

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Map References

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