"YUNGABA" FORMER IMMIGRATION DEPOT,
NOW YUNGABA TRAINING & CONFERENCE CENTRE,
120 MAIN STREET, KANGAROO POINT, BRISBANE, QLD
NEAR MACKENZIE STREET,
USED AS A MILITARY HOSPITAL DURING WW2

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"Yungaba" was originally built in 1885 as an Immigration Depot. It was used as a Military Hospital during WW1 and after the war ended it was used as a troop reception centre. While the Story Bridge was being built, the design team and the bridge contractors, Evans-Deakin Hornibrook were housed in "Yungaba".

When WW2 started in Europe, "Yungaba" was used to accommodate approximately a hundred women and children who had been evacuated from Hong Kong in 1940.

On 25 April 1941, 112 Australian General Hospital had assumed responsibility for the medical care of all military personnel in the Brisbane area where that care could not be provided by the various Camp Hospitals. On 5 July 1941, 112 AGH moved from the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds to “Yungaba”. This site had been occupied by 6 Australian General Hospital during WW1.

On 2 February 1942, the first 35 patients were moved from 112 AGH “Yungaba” to Ward 1 at the newly constructed Greenslopes Hospital. Over the next two months, all the patients were transferred from "Yungaba" and its use as a General Hospital was ceased. I believe that after this move of General patients to Greenslopes Hospital, "Yungaba" may have been used to treat soldiers with venereal disease. 

 

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By the Brisbane City Council

 

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