All About Air Raid Shelters
Built by the Brisbane City Council, above-ground air raid shelters were erected all over Brisbane in 1942 to protect civilians in the event of an air raid attack. Just 21 – less than 10 per cent of these – survive today, designed to serve as bus waiting shelters or shade shelters after the war.
The reusable ‘pillboxes’, as they were called, could hold up to 70 people and were often sited under Moreton Bay fig trees in an attempt to help with camouflage. Those remaining today are scattered across Brisbane as originally intended – as public amenities, bus shelters, and shade havens.