Monday, August 30, 2010

Cleveland Hotel

John VIncent Cassim ran Cassim's Family Hotel and Boarding House (now the Grand View Hotel) from 1855 to 1860, leasing the property from Francis Bigge. He left after building his own hotel, the Cleveland Hotel, on land situated not far from his former digs, purchased in 1858. Here is a photograph of it, unfortunately not dated.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #202468)

Cassim, who was from Mauritius and of Indian heritage, became quite a local identity. He arrived at Moreton Bay penal colony in 1840 as a convict and obtained his ticket of leave in 1844. He and his wife Mary operated a boarding house at Kangaroo Point between 1851 and 1855, then moved down to Cleveland. Although Bigge's venture into the hotel industry was unsuccessful, an increasing population around the Cleveland area did allow not only Bigge's former hotel (now called the Brighton Hotel), but also Cassim's new Cleveland Hotel to thrive. By 1863, Cassim had a bathing house, jetty and coach house as enhancements to the property. Following the death of John Cassim's first wife and then his own subsequent death, the hotel remained in the hands of his second wife until 1916. The building was renovated in the early 1920s, but was storm damaged in 1929 and fell into disrepair. The building was converted to use as flats just after WWII.
(Photo: Courtesy DERM)

In the photo above, which was taken in 1997 when the building was again in poor condition, the changes to the roofline and verandah are evident. But now there has been some progress - in 2000 a restoration project took place, as evidenced below.

(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The building now appears to be commercial office space, and in a nice touch, it has been named after the original owner.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Grand View Hotel, Cleveland

Here is a photograph of Cleveland's Grand View Hotel, which proclaims itself to be Queensland's oldest licenced hotel. "No 1 since 1851", says the sign on the bottle shop to the right of the main hotel building.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

In its early days, Cleveland operated as a port, handling wool from the Darling Downs. In fact, a Mr Francis Bigge, who was a member of the NSW parliament in the days before separation, lobbied for it to become the principal port of the Moreton Bay settlement. As part of this plan, he had a brick hotel
constructed in the early 1850s to cater for the development of the area. Unfortunately the hotel was so spectacularly unsuccessful (that must have been unusual - a Queensland hotel that failed!) that it became known as Bigge's Folly, although he had chosen to name it Cleveland House. It was such a failure that it was closed until 1855 when it was leased to John Cassim, who operated it as Cassim's Family Hotel and Boarding House through to 1860. Cassim moved on, and in 1862 the property was acquired by William Rae who renamed it the Brighton Hotel. By this time the local population had grown, and there were also visitors from Brisbane. Apparently the Brighton had a bathing house, and a jetty at which was moored its own boat for the pleasure of guests. During this time, it also operated as the local church until St Paul's Anglican was built in 1874. In 1878, the hotel came under the control of the Goodall family, who renamed it the Grand View Hotel around 1910, and retained ownership until 1936. Here is a photograph of the Grand View from the year 1930.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #36418)

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fortitude Valley Post Office

I would imagine that nothing would have been more important to people living in the little villages that started to pop up around early Brisbane Town than their local post office. Mail was the only way of keeping in contact with friends and relatives, whether on the other side of Brisbane or the other side of the world. Post offices were also the main interface for government services such as pension payments. And there was always the telegraph for urgent messages. Consequently, post office buildings were carefully planned and built. One of the most ornate is the post office pictured below, which was constructed in 1887 at Fortitude Valley. It was designed in Victorian Italianate style by the Colonial Architect's office (either JJ Clarke or George Connelly) and built by William Ferguson. The photo is from 1907.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #65339)

As we saw in the South Brisbane Post Office building, the design allowed for post office business to be conducted on the ground floor, whilst the postmaster and his family lived upstairs. This post office was one of the few masonry post office buildings - many others of the period were constructed from timber. By the time the Fortitude Valley Post Office was built, the Valley was a thriving commercial area centred on the Brunswick St and Wickham St intersection, just north of the main Brisbane township. There was some disappointment that the post office was to be situated right down Ann St at Ballow St, as many of the Valley's merchants wanted it to be closer to them. In 1929, it was noted that this post office was the second-highest distributor of pension payments in the country.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

As with its South Brisbane counterpart, the building is no longer a post office. It has been refitted as a hotel/nightclub called GPO. Although the original mansard roof was removed around the time of WWII, the building retains its old-world charm. It is pictured above, showing the Ballow St side of the building.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Fortitude Valley

One of the primary forces in the early population of the settlement at Moreton Bay was the Reverend John Dunmore Lang, a Presbyterian minister born in Scotland who emigrated to Sydney in 1823 to join his brother who had arrived there earlier. Their parents joined them in 1824. After comparing poverty in Britain with potential in New South Wales, Lang set about promoting the idea of emigration to Scottish tradesmen and their families. He also commenced to lobby for funds to provide assisted passages for them in order to further advance the cause. Even then, government was another name for bureaucracy, and Lang was quickly frustrated by the ponderous processes involved. Initially praised for bringing such suitable free settlers to the colony, Lang then was censured by the colonial government for his frequent criticism of it. However, Lang kept travelling back and forth between the old country and the new, proselytising about the colony and doing his best to attract free settlers. One of his principle reasons for doing this was to reduce the immorality that he feared would overtake a colony that consisted largely of convicted criminals. In 1848, a shipload of emigrants recruited by Lang left England for Moreton Bay. It contained around 250 people who were about to start a new life, aided by a grant of free land which they would receive on arrival. That ship was the SS Fortitude, pictured below.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #75997)

Unfortunately for the new arrivals, a mix-up in communication between Lang and the English under-secretary for the colonies meant that no such land was forthcoming. The new chums were forced to camp out in a valley north of Brisbane near Bowen Hills, and the area slowly became a settlement in its own right. It became known as Fortitude Valley, named after the ship, but also symbolic of the main characteristic of the settlers. Here is a photograph of the area from a bit later, around 1882, when little workers' cottages had started to pop up. The building in the centre of the picture is St Patrick's Catholic Church.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #63014)

The houses that were being built were different from the houses back in England and Scotland. The hot and humid climate required that buildings be adapted to cope. Stone and brick were expensive and hard to obtain, while timber was plentiful and easier and quicker to work with. Here is an example of a Fortitude Valley house from 1888, in a style we refer to as a Queenslander. This house was situated on the corner of Wickham St and Light St, an area that later became a Brisbane City Council tram depot.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #21944)

The defining charactistics of the Queenslander are: steeply sloping roof to disperse the tropical downpours; extensive, wide, covered verandahs to shield the walls from the sun and provide breezeways; and the house was raised off the ground to allow cooling breezes to flow through underneath, reducing the temperature inside the house. For more information, have a look at one of my favourite blogs Art and Architecture, mainly. Or here, where brismod is renovating her "sow's ear" Queenslander!

Fortitude Valley has changed over the ensuing years. It became the first commercial area north of Brisbane Town, and then as the population expanded, a central transport hub. By the time the twentieth century rolled around, it boasted all sorts of commercial ventures including department stores. The picture below shows the intersection of Brunswick St and Wickham St, with Waltons department store on the left and McWhirters on the right. The trams that crossed this busy intersection were controlled by a man in the little box in the centre of the picture.

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  (Photo: Courtesy Brisbane City Council; #BCC-B54-2196

The Valley was a major shopping precinct until the suburban malls started to appear, and now it is rediscovering itself as an entertainment precinct, boasting a myriad of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. Construction of up-market boutiques and apartments has led to a gentrification of what was once a working class area. Here is a more recent photograph from popular James St, looking past St Patrick's to Brisbane high-rise buildings. (Photo: wikipedia)

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Friday, August 20, 2010

St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Spring Hill

Today's historical building has adorned the Spring Hill skyline since 1889, as evidenced in this earlier post. In fact, in 1930, the city recognised the importance of the structure by renaming the street that it stood in. Formerly known as Leichhardt St (after the famous explorer Ludwig Leichhardt), a section between Boundary Rd and Brookes St became St Paul's Terrace, named after St Paul's Presbyterian Church. Here is the church during its construction period between 1887 and 1889.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #171002)

And here is the finished church in 1890. I'm pretty sure that the photographer was leaning, not the church :-)
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #57954)

The architect for the Gothic-styled church was FDG Stanley, who was quite experienced in working with the locally quarried porphyry or tuff stone. He had designed the National Bank as well as a couple of other stone churches. The church was built by Thomas Rees for £11,000 and was dedicated on 15 May 1889. Rees was able to use some of the stone from the congregation's previous church in Creek St, which had been sold to acquire this site. A brief history of the parish and the church can be found on the church's web pages.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Although newer high-rise buildings in Brisbane have meant that St Paul's isn't quite as dominating as it once was, it is still a very noticeable structure. It is pictured above on a recent Sunday as the congregation emerged after the service.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dr Lilian Cooper

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #185958)

Queensland's first female doctor, Lilian Cooper (pictured above), experienced a lifetime of discrimination and seemingly rose above all of it. Born in Kent in England, Cooper was determined from a very early age to make medicine her career. After overcoming parental disapproval, she studied in London and Edinburgh and became a doctor, and then decided to come to Australia in 1891 at the age of thirty. As Queensland's first woman doctor, Lilian Cooper was initially contracted as an assistant to another doctor, but this became problematic for her because he was an alcoholic. She managed to have that contract cancelled, but her biography records that she was boycotted by the medical fraternity for two years as a result. She then set up her own rooms at The Mansions in George St, and was able to build a successful practice, making house calls by horse-drawn sulky or bicycle. The picture below, from around the year 1900, shows Dr Cooper (right), about to set off from her rooms at The Mansions. Her driver is Miss Josephine Bedford. (Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; # 7953_0001)

As if overcoming the prejudice against female professionals that was commonplace at the time (even more commonplace than now!) were not obstacle enough, Cooper had to battle more than the gender issue.
Dr Cooper was, in all probability, a lesbian. The state government's web page about Cooper is headed "Lilian Cooper and Josephine Bedford: Lifelong companions who travelled against the tide". Cooper had met Josephine Bedford in England while studying medicine, and the two emigrated to Australia together and remained together for the rest of their lives. The social mores of the time didn't include the term lesbian, hence the euphemisms "lifelong companion" and "lifetime friend" which abound in any writings about the two women. Can you imagine how, in the late nineteenth century in Brisbane, the only female doctor in the place (not to mention one who was unmarried and lived with a female "companion") would have been viewed by the citizens? I can't, I really can't - although perhaps that is because I'm looking back with today's almost overwhelming fixation on sex and sexuality. Maybe more practical human traits such as eking out a living were more important then.

Dr Cooper became one of the first women in Queensland to drive a motor car, and she was capable of performing her own repairs. In fact, she was one of the eighteen original founders of the RACQ, the state's motoring body. Described as "
A tall, angular, brusque, energetic woman, prone to bad language", she was "often heard cursing and swearing at an obstinate engine". Obviously a no-nonsense, practical person. When WWI broke out, Cooper and Bedford travelled to Europe to serve in Serbia - Cooper as a surgeon and Bedford as head of the ambulance service. Dr Cooper was awarded a Serbian honour as a result of her war-time service in that country. The women returned to Brisbane after the war, and Dr Cooper resumed her medical career. She was involved in the health issues of children and women in particular. For her part, Josephine Bedford helped establish both the Creche and Kindergarten Association and the Playground Association in Queensland.

It is reported on the blog-page Lesbians in 1900 Brisbane that, following the death of Dr Cooper, Josephine Bedford offered their Kangaroo Point home to the Anglican Church next door,
St Mary's. Apparently the offer was refused. Bedford then offered the property to the Sisters of Charity, a Catholic order, who accepted the donation, which was to be used to care for the sick and dying. This property was the forerunner of the well-known Mount Olivet hospice, now St Vincent's. The blog Jottings postulates that the stained-glass windows that were donated to St Mary's Anglican by Bedford in memory of Cooper may contain homosexual symbolism.

The final, moving piece to this story is the grave-site of the two women, who are buried together in Toowong Cemetery; on the top, Dr Cooper's headstone, and underneath it that of Josephine Bedford, with the inscriptions "God is Love" and "They are thine, O Lord, Thou lover of souls" - Wisdom 11.26. Click to see a larger image.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Visitors to the grave are leaving pebbles on the headstones and beads on the cross above them, presumably as a mark of respect to the women.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Dr Lilian Cooper died on 18 August 1947, sixty-three years ago this day. Josephine Bedford died on 22 December 1955. Someone should make a movie about these two exceptional women.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Hamilton Town Hall

Racecourse Rd at Hamilton is one of Brisbane's trendy new food precincts. Restaurants, cafes and delis now line the length of the street, and there is a hotel and wine store thrown in for good measure. Of course, at the northern end of the street you'll find Eagle Farm Racecourse. Patrons can move seamlessly from the track to a restaurant after the last race, and those who have had winning days can party on well into the night. After big race days like Melbourne Cup you can see all types leaving the racecourse - men in suits, men in singlets; women in high heels, women in bare feet carrying high heels.

Down towards the Kingsford Smith Drive end of Racecourse Rd you will find the building I have pictured below. It is the Hamilton Library, owned by the Brisbane City Council.

(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

This building was constructed in 1920 as the Hamilton Town Hall - one of several town halls that were scattered around before the City of Brisbane was formed. Hamilton had split off from Toombul in 1890, and operated as a separate entity after that, although council meetings were still held at Toombul. The council purchased land on Racecourse Rd in 1917 in order to build a town hall and council chambers. In 1919, Montague Stanley supplied plans and specifications for the buildings, and they were completed in the following year at a cost of £8,873. Montague Stanley was the son of well-known architect FDG Stanley whose work we have also seen in these pages. A photograph of the finished town hall is shown below - it was taken in 1924.(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #34338)

In 1925, the first Greater Brisbane Council was elected, and all the little town halls and shire halls became redundant. This one was kept by the Brisbane City Council and has lived through a few variations since then. It was a School of Arts for a while, then WWII intervened and it was used by the Australian Army. It first became a library after the end of the war.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Bulimba State School

Looking out my back door in the afternoon light, I can see a long, official-looking brick building perched on the top LHS of the hill across the Brisbane River from where I live. It is the Bulimba State School, and because of its hilltop position, it can be seen from many parts of the city. Regular readers may also recognise the former water reservoir which has been converted to a house - it is a little to the right of the school. Click the picture to see a larger image.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

As befits one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs, the history of this school goes back a long way. Children from the area were initially schooled at David McConnel's Bulimba House, which was also the local church on Sundays. Then in 1866, funds were obtained to build a school at the top of the hill on Oxford St, and the project was commenced. In the meantime, classes developed at the Wesleyan Chapel (now the Uniting Church) until the school building was completed later in that year. In 1915, a highset infants school was added, and here it is in a picture from that year.
(Photo: Courtesy Brisbane City Council; # BCC-B120-81060)

This old school house is what we would call a Queenslander, if it were a house. Set up on stumps to allow cool air to circulate, and to provide space for toilets and an undercover play area, the internal walls were tongue and groove and the external walls were weatherboard. The population of Bulimba continued to expand, and further classrooms were being requested by the school's P&C committee. During the depression, government projects were stepped up to provide all-important work, and as a result, a brick building was was planned for the school by GR Beveridge of the State Works Department. The new building was completed in 1938 at a cost of £21,965. Here is a look at the front of it.
(Photo: Courtesy DERM)

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Silverwells

Kangaroo Point is a suburb directly across the river from the Brisbane CBD. It is connected to the city now by the Story Bridge as well as a ferry service, and it was ferries that carried people across the river to the Point in past years. The area was firstly an industrial area with the accompanying workers' cottages, but in recent years has seen the arrival of high-rise residential towers. There are gems here too, like the building below. (Photo: Courtesy Ken Charlton & the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts)

The Georgian-styled building is now known as Silverwells, and it was built on Main St in about 1867 by a Sydney man called Joseph Thompson, described as a merchant. He originally called the building Mornington. There are not too many examples of semi-detached houses here in Brisbane, let alone ones as attractive as these. Even for their time they were considered to be opulent, having drawing rooms with four-metre ceilings, and cellars, not to mention maid's quarters. A newspaper article alerted me to the fact that the building was being redeveloped, so I went across the Story Bridge to take a look. This is what I found.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Work is carrying on apace at the site (click the photo to see a larger image). The dramatic CBD backdrop means that the refurbished dwellings will attract a premium price. The fact that well-known conservation architect Robert Riddel has been engaged for the project will help too.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Jubilee Hotel

Well, it's Ekka time again, and two things are predictable - cold westerly winds and crowds at "The Jube", otherwise known as the Jubilee Hotel. The Jube is situated at the rear of the Exhibition Grounds on St Paul's Terrace. Here is a recent photo.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

This is another Richard Gailey Hotel, and it opened in 1888 - the same year that the Empire and Prince Consort Hotels, also designed by Gailey, opened too. I don't know whether Gailey drank, as he was a practicing Baptist, but if he did he would have had no problems settling the dust down at the Valley. I'm sure any of his publican clients would have bought him a drink or two. Here's a photo of the hotel dating from 1929.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #1877)

Each year at Ekka time, The Jube is filled to overflowing with revellers, country and city alike. Now that the Valley is undergoing urban renewal and apartment blocks are springing up like nutgrass after a thunderstorm, I'm sure it does fine over the rest of the year as well.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point

Thirty years ago tomorrow, my wife's niece was born. Of course she's my niece too, but as the first grandchild on my wife's side of the family, I thought that I would make the distinction. Happy Birthday Abba! (It's a family nickname that results from her younger sister's inability to pronounce her real name - her parents weren't ageing fans of a Swedish pop group!) A few months after her birth she was baptised at St Mary's Anglican Church at Kangaroo Point. Here are her proud grandparents holding her after the ceremony - note the large porphyry stones in the wall behind them.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

In 1873, the Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin was built by Alfred Grant at Kangaroo Point to a design by well-known Brisbane ecclesiastical architect RG Suter. It is a Gothic design, constructed from Brisbane porphyry or "tuff", possibly quarried from the Kangaroo Point cliffs immediately behind the church which overlooks the Brisbane River from its hillside position on Main St near River Terrace. Here is a current photo of the entrance to the church, which is situated at the river end of the building, away from Main St. The new Kangaroo Point Parklands that have replaced the old TAFE college abut the southern side of the church.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The stone structure replaced an earlier timber church that had been built in 1849. The sturdier material didn't prevent damage from a cyclone that struck Brisbane in 1892 - see the picure below. The former shingle roof has now been replaced by the Queensland favourite, galvanised iron.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #63958)

In 1876, a pipe organ was imported from a church in England, and it remains in the church as the oldest pipe organ in Queensland. Apparently, when Queensland's governors lived at Old Government House, this was the church they frequented. I wonder why they wouldn't have used the closer St John's down the road in George St? And, would they have travelled by road across the Victoria Bridge through South Brisbane and Woolloongabba to the church, or would they have crossed the river by ferry or vice-regal vessel of some sort? Questions, questions!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Parliament House (2)

On Saturday 22nd May, Queensland's Parliament House was opened to the public in an event designed to bring the parliament closer to the community. Queensland's Governor and the Speaker of the House opened the proceedings, and a Town Crier and the Australian Army Band provided some relief to the formality of the occasion.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The interior of Parliament House is delightful - polished parquetry and pristine paint, together with specially-made carpet bearing the Maltese Cross from Queensland's Coat of Arms, and an image of Queen Victoria in a glorious stained glass window make it extremely attractive. (Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The foundation stone of Parliament House was laid on 14 July 1865, and it was opened in 1867. The initial Queensland parliament had an Upper House, and this is where it sat.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; 41037)

Although the Legislative Council was abolished in 1922, the chamber remains. This is the way it looks now. (Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

When the Legislative Assembly grew, new chambers were needed for the additional members, and this is it. The newer chamber is toned in the traditional Westminster green colourings.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Functions held at Parliament House are often in the form of a garden party, where a number of people can be received at the same time. Here is one from 1946.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #41016)

This is the function that took place on the Speaker's Green on Open Day. The governor had a cup of tea from a silver service in the warm winter sun, and she was entertained by the Army Band who whipped up a couple of up-tempo numbers for her.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Parliament House has a couple of libraries, and they contain some very rare books and manuscripts, including some of Captain Cook's journals as well as some papers relating to the early explorers of Australia, such as Flinders, Oxley and Leichhardt. The following photo shows the main library in 1906.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #41107)

We were allowed into the library too (under the watchful eye of the Parliamentary Librarian), and this is the way it looks today.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

I think it was a great public relations effort to open Parliament House for everyone to see. Apparently it is likely to become an annual event. I was surprised at the numbers that turned out -- the security staff had their hands full scanning everyone who came through. With only the one scanner, the queue extended back across George St to the Botanical Gardens.

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St Mary's Anglican

Monday, August 2, 2010

Newstead air raid shelter

This is my local bus stop. It's the one at the end of Route 199 at the Teneriffe Ferry. It's kind of... well - ugly, if you must press me for a description. And uncomfortable. Notice how the seating is on a slant down the hill? I've been using it for nine years or so, and I have often wondered "Why don't they rip this thing out and build something more aesthetically pleasing?" There is a simple and compelling reason why that hasn't happened. It is heritage listed because it was built in 1942 to act as an air raid shelter during WWII. It is very similar to the one we visited at King Edward Park, except that this one has been built of brick, not stone as that one was.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Following the bombing of Darwin, it was felt that Brisbane should take some basic precautions to protect its citizens in case the same thing were to happen here. Over 200 such shelters were built in Brisbane and about twenty survive. The Council architect decided to plan for the shelters to have a life after the war, designing them to be partially dismantled and used as park shelters or bus and tram shelters. Only two brick air raid shelters survive at bus stops - this one and one at Newmarket. The former tram shelter at King Edward Park is the only stone one left. Given that US navy ships were frequently berthed at the Teneriffe Wharves, the shelter built here would have been quite significant, as any enemy air attack would most likely have had this area in their sights.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Well, I sort of got my wish. My ill-advised silent request to have the bus shelter removed has not occurred, and probably never will. However, a better-looking shelter has been added because a new bus service has arrived to the area and it uses the same point as its terminus - see my photo above. The new CityGlider buses travel from Teneriffe to West End, but they are like express buses - there are only about three stops on either side of the CBD and a couple in the CBD itself. Workers can get to the city or Valley in a fraction of the time that it took via the previous circuitous "milk run" service. A great way to keep more cars off the road.

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