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Enoggera Memorial Hall, designed by Colonel Thomas Pye, 1925

The Enoggera Memorial Hall, formerly the Enoggera Memorial Hall and School of Arts, is located at the corner of Trundle and Wardell streets in Enoggera, Queensland. It currently houses the historical collection of the Enoggera and Districts Historical Society[1] and is otherwise used as a hall for hire.[2] The building was designed by former Queensland Government Architect, Colonel Thomas Pye, and was opened in November 1925.[3]

The Enoggera School of Arts[edit]

In 1916 the government granted the original Enoggera State School building for use as a School of Arts.[4] The building remained on the school site for a short period of time before being moved to the present site which was deemed more suitable.[5] The original school building still remains at the southern rear end, and was incorporated into the design of the Enoggera Memorial Hall when construction commenced in 1925.[6]

The Enoggera Memorial Hall[edit]

In 1918 the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia (R.S.S.I.L.A.) began negotiations with the Government for a suitable war memorial in the Enoggera district. It was determined that the erection of a soldiers’ hall would be combined with the existing school building to form the Enoggera Memorial Hall and School of Arts.[7] Through the united efforts of the Enoggera sub-branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A. and the local School of Arts Committee, and with the assistance of “a patriotic community,” the sum of £1237 was collected towards the cost (£1625), while satisfactory arrangements had been made for financing the balance.[8] Construction was carried out by A. Woollam and Sons.[9]


Enoggera Memorial Hall, Trundle Street elevation. Old school building visible in the foreground
Curved truss members and ceiling banding in the interior of the soldiers' hall
Vent and ceiling geometry

Elements of the design are consistent with Pye’s architectural style which is often observed as a response to the vernacular of local domestic architecture, as well as the adaptation of the arts and crafts style to the environmental context of Queensland. [10][11][12]

The longitudinal plan runs parallel to Trundle Street with the primary elevation and entrance to Wardell Street. The building uses primarily traditional timber construction with overlapping timber cladding. There is a concrete portico at the Wardell Street entrance. The concrete is textured in manner similar to earlier works associated with Pye such as Wooloowin State School, the former Woolloongabba Post Office and the Naval Offices in Brisbane, Queensland.

The form of iron gate details at the top of the stairs to the portico compliments the concrete detail. This element is more pronounced in Pye’s other works including the Land Administration Building and the former Woolloongabba Post Office, although may not be original at the memorial hall.

The geometries of the main roof, the roof of the portico and the stairs run parallel to one another in geometric singularity. Presumably the original plan and elevation were symmetrical. Ceiling joists extend out below the pediment of the main building. This treatment of the gable pediment is reminiscent of the domestic vernacular observable in the Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove. Vertical banding on the pediment of the main building is continued down the portico pediment, posts and the extended ceiling joists above the posts. Two symmetrical windows are situated below the pediment of the building proper, each divided into three rectangular parts with vertical, horizontal and diagonal mullions, forming an asterisk pattern.

The original design sketches indicate the incorporation of a ventilation tower typical of Pye’s architecture and demonstrated in the Rockhampton Branch of the Queensland State Government Savings Bank building, Wooloowin State School, the Naval Offices in Brisbane and the Brisbane General Post Office Elizabeth Street additions amongst others.[13]

The hall is a single open space with six visible trusses spanning the width of the room. The truss members are curved in form and are rounded where the supports meet the main members. Five rows of ceiling panels are fixed between the truss members with a symmetrical geometric pattern being formed by banding over panel joints which continues down the height of the walls. This geometry compliments that of the windows located at the front of the space and corresponds to the fenestration that runs the length of the hall. The second and fourth ceiling panels have patterned ceiling vents at their centres.

The original design comprised of a hall with a stage, a soldiers’ room, a library and two anterooms. [14] In the front of the building a marble tablet was inscribed with the words “Their Name Liveth Evermore.” Additions have been made to the Trundle street edge of the building to incorporate a kitchen space adjacent to the hall as well as an extra room at the south-eastern corner. The dates of these additions are unconfirmed.

See also[edit]

Queenslander (architecture)


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  3. ^ The Brisbane Courier, July 13, 1925
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  5. ^ The Brisbane Courier, July 13, 1925
  6. ^ The Brisbane Courier, July 13, 1925
  7. ^ The Brisbane Courier, July 13, 1925
  8. ^ The Brisbane Courier, July 13, 1925
  9. ^ The Brisbane Courier, July 13, 1925
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  13. ^ The Brisbane Courier, February 10, 1925
  14. ^ The Brisbane Courier, July 13, 1925

External links[edit]

  • Monument Australia [1]
  • Memorial Hall website [2]
  • Enoggera and Districts Historical Society website [3]
  • Google map of the works of Thomas Pye in Queensland [4]
  • Timeline of Arts and Crafts architects T. Pye, G.D. Payne and J.S. Murdoch [5]

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