Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Woolloongabba Police Station

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #37394)

It's a change to be able to present an older building that's not either a church or a hotel - and this building is probably as far removed from those two categories as it is possible to be. In today's historical photos we have the Woolloongabba Police Station, situated on Main St, just down from the Fiveways. The photo above shows the building in 1921, with the railway turntable for the trains that traversed the Fiveways in the foreground. A further picture of the police station from 1987 is shown below.

(Photo: R Irmer, State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #67790)

This building was purpose-built as a police station in 1912-13, replacing two rented properties that had previously housed the local police. The house was designed by the government architect, AB Brady, and built for £4,539. The station was further improved by the addition of electric lights in 1925, connection to the sewerage system in 1926, and the addition of a dining room for police constables in 1928. The building contained accommodation for the senior officer, as well as sleeping quarters for constables and four cells for prisoners. Then, a major renovation occurred in 1936, following the decision to make this the headquarters for the South Coast Police District, which covered some 2,000 square miles. In the late 1930s, the Police Welfare Club had tennis courts and a basketball court erected at the rear of the premises in order to provide supervised activity for local youth. In the fifties, the accommodation for police was phased out, and the CIB moved in.
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

The building was vacated by the Police Department in 1993, and is now occupied by the State Department of Sport and Recreation. My recent picture (above) shows the brick building to still be well-presented and in good repair, and it looks only slightly different from the way it appeared in the earlier pictures. The lights from the famous Gabba cricket ground are in evidence behind the building, and part of the spectator seating can be seen to the left.

And what of the police? In a blast from the past, the area is to be served by The Gabba Police Beat
, operating from a shop-front in Logan Rd.

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