AIR RAID SHELTERS
IN RAYMOND PARK
KANGAROO POINT
BRISBANE, QLD
USED DURING WW2

 

There were many Air Raid Shelters built around Brisbane during WW2. It is generally unknown by most Brisbane people that many of them are still partially standing and used as bus shelters or shade shelters in parks around Brisbane. Many people stand under them or drive past them not realising their original use during WW2.

There are two Air Raid Shelters in Raymond Park at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. One is beside Baines Street behind the Pineapple Hotel. The other is at the other end of Raymond Park near Wellington Road.

 

Air Raid Shelter in Raymond Park beside Baines Street,
Kangaroo Point, at the rear of the Pineapple Hotel

 

Pineapple Hotel sign

 

The same Air Raid Shelter in Raymond Park at the rear of the Pineapple Hotel
looking back towards the direction of the other Air Raid Shelter

 

The other Air Raid Shelter in Raymond Park near Wellington Road (in the background)

 

The Brisbane City Council adopted an innovative design for its public air raid shelters such that after the war, the brick walls around them could be removed leaving a cantilevered roof concrete structure ideal for bus shelters or general shade.

 

Design of Brisbane City Council Air Raid Shelters

 

Air Raid Shelters in Brisbane

 

Can anyone tell me where there are more
of these structures still standing in Brisbane?

 

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