AIR RAID SHELTERS
ELIZABETH STREET, BRISBANE
DURING WWII

 

During WWII numerous Air Raid Shelters were built in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, Queensland. A large water pipe was also installed in the street to fight fires during and after any possible Japanese air raid. It was supplied with water from the Brisbane River. Large pumps and motors were installed on the banks of the Brisbane River to pump the water through the large pipes.

 


State Library of Queensland Image No. 166469

Numerous concrete public Air Raid Shelters were installed along Elizabeth St., Brisbane
during WWII. The large water pipe installed for fighting fires can be seen in this 1942
photograph. This photo was taken from behind the Treasury Building (now Casino) with
Queens Park on the right where the palm trees are. The Queensland Government
Insurance Building (later the Administration Building) is the building in the background.
The large building further along Elizabeth St. is Perry House on the corner of Albert St.

 

When the Goodwill Bridge (near the Captain Cook Bridge) was being built, engineers located a concrete hole in the ground about 6 feet deep where a pump and motor were housed below ground level. It is thought that this may have been one of the many pump/motor combinations which were installed during WWII to feed river water into the city via large pipes to fight fires during and following a Japanese air raid. Engineers had to reposition some of the footings for the Goodwill Bridge to avoid this installation. Can anyone confirm this for me?

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 20 Feb 2009

This concrete surround marks the location of the large motor and pump near the Goodwill Bridge.

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 20 Feb 2009

Members of the Engineer Australia Heritage Group inspecting the motor/pump site on 20 February 2009.

 

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