Silent Guardians in Kangaroo Point: Echoes of WWII Air Raid Shelters

Amidst the lively atmosphere of Raymond Park lie two unassuming structures that whisper tales of a bygone era. Unbeknownst to many, these seemingly ordinary shelters hold a secret history, serving as vital lifelines during the tumultuous days of World War II.

Photo Credit: Australia at War

Constructed as part of Brisbane City Council’s extensive air raid shelter network, these Kangaroo Point shelters are a testament to the city’s resilience and preparedness during WWII. Strategically placed throughout the city, these shelters provided safe havens for residents during times of crisis.

The Kangaroo Point shelters, one nestled near Baines Street behind the iconic Pineapple Hotel and the other situated towards Wellington Road, are among the few remaining examples of this wartime architecture. They are a poignant reminder of the challenges and sacrifices the community faces during global conflict.

Photo Credit: Australia at War

Interestingly, the Brisbane City Council adopted an innovative design for its public air raid shelters, ensuring their continued usefulness even after the war. The brick walls surrounding the shelters could be easily removed, leaving behind a sturdy cantilevered roof structure that could be repurposed as bus shelters or general shade providers.

While many of Brisbane’s air raid shelters have been lost to time, those in Raymond Park have endured, their original purpose often overlooked by passersby. However, for those who know their history, these structures serve as a tangible link to the past, a silent tribute to the courage and resilience of those who lived through WWII.

Today, as residents and visitors enjoy the park’s amenities, these unassuming shelters stand as a quiet reminder of a time when the world was at war. They are a testament to the enduring spirit of Kangaroo Point and a tribute to the generations who came before.

Published Date 10-June-2024