Woolloongabba Police Station

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.58

Group: Southern

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

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 848 Main St. Woolloongabba

Latitude & Longitude: -27.48536389,153.03621667

Time Link: 1913

Map Link: 1914

Image Time Point: 1914

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Built 1913, the architect was A.B. Brady. It replaced a rented house that had been the Station since 1888. This two-storey offices and barracks was built on a police reserve, part of a larger Reserve that became ‘The Gabba’ cricket grounds. The Station got electricity in 1925 and sewerage in 1926. Centrally located at the corner of Mains and Vulture Streets, it was chosen as the South Coast Police District (2060 square miles) Headquarters in 1934. Alterations were completed for the new HQ by 1937. During the Great Depression (1929-39), it was also an Unemployment Relief Works centre. Its barracks accommodation closed in 1951, when the Criminal Investigation Bramch (CIB) relocated there. The 1964 East Brisbane and Kangaroo Point stations closures were incorporated into this Station. It closed in 1993. The Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation Sports and Racing then used it as ‘Sports House’ (2009).


Department of Enviroment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Heritage Register citation No.601382

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Map References

MLMS. 8 chain series 1904–1917—Brisbane. 8 chains to the inch. Cadastral map of Brisbane and Suburbs sheet 8. MLMS 8 Chain