Kangaroo Point Military Hospital


Yungaba (Queensland State Archives)

A significant building in Kangaroo Point is Yungaba which was completed in 1887 and has had many uses over time. Yungaba was originally established as an immigration centre, receiving its first new immigrants in 1888. In periods of reduced immigration, the centre was used for a variety of public purposes. In the depression of the 1890s, it served as an employment agency and temporary refuge for the destitute. In 1901 it was used as a reception centre for troops returning from the Boer War. It also served as a military hospital during both the First and Second World Wars.

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Front view of No 6 Australian General Hospital, Kangaroo Point. ca. 1918.(Australian War Memorial Photograph Collection HO2247)

The Kangaroo Point Military Hospital began operating on 19 July 1915 and operated during both World War I and World War II. It closed around 28 June 1919 after most of the patients were relocated to the Military Hospital at Enoggera.

These photos give an insight into the life of repatriated wounded soldiers recuperating at the KP Military Hospital in 1916. They are from a collection by Alwynne Guy Elliott held by the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland (Collection reference: 6801 Alwynne Elliott Photograph Albums).

The photographer, Alwynne Guy Elliott was born in Cambridgeshire, England and emigrated to Australia before 1914. He enlisted in the 5th Light Horse Regiment on 14 Nov 1915 and left Australia with the 6th reinforcements. He was wounded at Gallipoli and repatriated to Queensland where he spent time at the Army Hospital at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. After the war he settled at ‘Ooraine’, Dirrabandi and despite the loss of part of one leg and braces on the other he became a noted Angus Stud breeder. He died about 1969.

Panorama of medical and nursing staff at Yungaba, used as a military hospital during WWI and WWII. Parts of the Kangaroo Point Hospital  and the grounds can be seen in the background, including the main entry door to the right of the photograph, behind the assembled nursing and medical staff.(State Library of Queensland 29250)

Group of soldiers returned from WW! and admitted to the Kangaroo Point Military Hospital, 1917. (State Library of Queensland 15855)
Returned soldiers in workshop 1917. (State Library of Queensland 62524)
Dental Hospital at Kangaroo Point Military Hospital 
Exterior view of the dental section at 6 Australian General Hospital, Kangaroo Point ca. 1918.( Australian War Memorial Photograph Collection H02248)
Typed extract from news article describing the official opening of the new dental unit at the Kangaroo Point Military Hospital. (The Telegraph (Brisbane) 6 October 1917)

A dental hospital funded by the Red Cross Society was opened on 5 October 1917 to cater for the increasing number of returned soldiers needing dental services who would otherwise have had to be treated at the Enoggera Barracks. The well-equipped unit consisted of an operating theatre, waiting room and workshop. At the time of the official opening it had been in use for about two weeks and already attended to 60 patients.

New dental hospital .(Page 25 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 10 November, 1917)