AIR RAID SHELTERS AT HOWARD SMITH WHARVES
PETRIE BIGHT, BRISBANE, QLD, UNDER THE STORY BRIDGE
USED DURING WW2

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There is a series of Air Raid Shelters of varying designs still located at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves at Petrie Bight under the northern end of the Story Bridge in Brisbane, Queensland. They can be seen by walking along the new Riverwalk that runs from the Story Bridge to Merthyr Road at New Farm.

 

View of the Howard Smith Wharves

 

Howard Smith Wharves area taken from Riverwalk

 

One of the tunnel type installations located at the rear of the Howard
Smith Wharves. I believe they are air raid shelters from WW2

 

One of the tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.
An entry point is located at the centre of the photo.

 

One of the tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.
One of the many entry points to the air raid shelter. It is boarded up.

 

Tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.
Two entry points can be seen in this photograph.

 

One of the tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.
An entry point is located at the centre of the photo.

 

One of the tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.

 

An entry point to one of the tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.

 

One of the tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.

 

An entry point to one of the tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.

 

Tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.

 

Tunnel type air raid shelters at the rear of the Howard Smith Wharves.
Three entry points can be seen in this photograph.

 

A more conventional type of bunker or air raid shelter, directly behind the Howard Smith Wharves

 

A more conventional type of bunker or air raid shelter located to the left of the one above

 

A blocked off entrance to the above air raid shelter

 

A more conventional type of bunker or air raid shelter at the city end of the Howard Smith Wharves

 

A close-up of the above air raid shelter

 

Similar photo to the one above

 

Another concrete building. Not sure if it is of WW2 origin.

 

Howard Smith Wharves at Petrie Bight

 

Some buildings at Howard Smith Wharves area

 

Same building at Howard Smith Wharves area. Note the vent in centre of the concrete slab.

 

A building at Howard Smith Wharves area

 

Some buildings at Howard Smith Wharves area

 

Some buildings at Howard Smith Wharves area

 

Some drainage or tunnel entrances halfway along Riverwalk between Story Bridge and Merthyr Road

 

Close-up of the drainage or tunnel entrances.

 

The "tunnel" on the left in the above photograph is blocked up with a brick wall about 1 metre in from the entrance. The "tunnel" on the right is blocked up but you can see a little past the blockage.

 

I initially wondered if this a WW2 building. It is located about halfway along
Riverwalk between Story Bridge and Merthyr Road. Chris Morison advised
that it was the former Gregory Terrace Rowing Shed and was built in 1958.

 

I initially wondered if this a WW2 building. It is located about halfway along
Riverwalk between Story Bridge and Merthyr Road. Chris Morison advised
that it was the former Gregory Terrace Rowing Shed and was built in 1958.

 

Air Raid Shelters in Brisbane

 

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