Herston Quarter, Fourth Avenue, Gilbumpa [Herston]
Saturday : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
General access (self guided)

Within Herston Quarter we are excited to again open the Edith Cavell building to Brisbane Open House.

This heritage gem was first opened in 1922 and 100 years later following an extensive restoration. Australian Unity was delighted to again rededicate the building with both ceremonies being officiated by the Queensland Governor of the day.

The Edith Cavell building is now Australian Unity’s Brisbane head office and will soon welcome additional tenants, however it was first built as a 108 room nurses’ home for those working at the Hospital for Sick Children, and later at the Royal Brisbane or Children’s Hospitals.

The Edith Cavell building will be open for people to explore the beautifully landscaped open spaces or peek inside at the extensive restoration work.

Inside people can view photos of the restoration works, photos from the previous 100 years and the short video from the 100-year rededication as well as read about the history through story boards around the precinct.

Doors will be open from 9am to 4pm on both Saturday 15 July and Sunday 16 July.

CAFE DOSE between the Edith Cavell Building and UQ Mayne Medical School is open from 9:00am-1:30pm.

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Great for kids, Musical performances and speakers

Wheelchair access


Is Heritage listed



Recent Architectural or Engineering Awards: Herston Quarter: Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) public realm including Spanish Steps and landscaping was nationally recognised in 2021 with the AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects). Award of Excellence for Health and Education Landscape in the National Landscape Architecture Awards. Other awards nomination have have been submitted for the Heritage Precinct at Herston Quarter, but have yet to be decided.

Environment Accreditation: NA

Lady Lamington Nurses' Home and Towers were designed and built in multiple stages. The original Architect was RS (Robin) Dods. Subsequent stages were designed by Conrad and Atkinson. The Edith Cavell Building was designed by the Department of Public Works.
Significant refurbishment by Australian Unity commencing in March 2020 and completed in February 2022. Architects involved included Nettleton Tribe (Lady Lamington), Elevation Architecture (Edith Cavell) and Hassell (landscape architects for public realm).
Lady Lamington Nurses' Home and Towers were constructed between 1896 and 1939 in several stages. Completion dates as follows: 1897 Original E-wing (South); 1914 Addition to E-wing (Central); 1931 Addition to E-wing (North); 1936 Lady Lamington Tower (Block 1); 1939 Lady Lamington Tower (Block 2). Edith Cavell Building was completed in 1922.