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Suburbs - North / North East TradeCoast Central Heritage Park

69

Where

87 Schneider Road, Eagle Farm

When

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY // 9am to 4pm Guided tours plus general access

Architects

Year Built

1830: Women’s Prison // 1942: Hanger 7 // 1942: Allison Test Beds // 2015: Interpretive Centre

TradeCoast Central Heritage Park features walking trails and outdoor interpretive displays for the heritage-listed convict era Women's Prison and Factory Site and the World War Two Allison Engine Testing Stands.

The Allison Testing Stands site demonstrates rare aspects of Queensland's history. Until the mass overhaul of engines during the Second World War necessitated fixed testing Sites, the task of engine testing was a mobile activity. Of the two fixed testing facilities constructed in Brisbane during the war, only this site, which incorporates three different designs of testing stand, has survived.

The Eagle Farm Women's Prison and Factory Site is significant as one of few sites surviving in Brisbane from the convict period and a remnant of only seven sites associated with secondary punishment in Australia. Further, the Women's Prison and Factory Site is one of even fewer sites, both in Brisbane and in the national context, associated specifically with female convicts.

2015 Premier’s Sustainability Heritage Award winner and the Interpretive Centre is built to Green Star energy efficiency standards.

Just announced – Hangar No.7 will be open to the public over the Brisbane Open House weekend!

The heritage listed Hangar No.7 was constructed in 1942 to house the work of the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit, which involved the technical examination, reconstruction and simulated combat trials of captured Japanese aircraft. The hangar is an example of a timber truss igloo structure and represents an advancement in timber technology achieved during the Second World War, which enabled long span lightweight structures utilising hand nailed timber in small sectional chord sizes to be erected quickly and at low cost. 

 

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Saturday Tour Times

Guided tours every hour

Sunday Tour Times

Guided tours every hour

Tour tip and other info

Refreshments available for purchase. Archaeological dig at the Women’s Prison.

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