Morningside Air Raid Shelter

Thynne Road Public Cantilever Shelter

Type
Civil defence facility
Region
Brisbane City

580 Wynnum Road (14 Thynne Road), Morningside 4170

The Morningside air raid is important as a part of the Air Raid Precaution activities that were implemented for the defence of Brisbane during the Second World War. In the event of air raid attacks or other emergencies, the air raid shelter located at the corner of Wynnum Road and Thynne Road was designed to afford protection to the civilian population. Built by the Brisbane City Council, the shelter’s solid construction and rectangular shape are characteristics of a World War II Brisbane public air raid shelters. The Morningside air raid shelter, now used as a road reserve shelter, demonstrating the secondary uses that were part of the original design intention.

History

The Morningside air raid shelter is a rectangular concrete structure comprising a heavy floor slab, which is now covered by concrete pebbling, and a flat roof supported by concrete piers. An example of the wartime work of the City Architect’s Office and particularly the work of City Architect F.G. Costello. Built in 1942, following the entrance of the United States of America into the war and the bombings of the Australian mainland.

Source/comments

BCC Heritage Unit citation.