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1946-1969 Post WWII - Rapid Expansion - Social Change

  • 1946 Bruce Pie bought Dave Barker's land in Kedron and builds a large bedding factory; built Maundrell Terrace residence on acreage (1941 - Jack Ford); Built factory in 1948, took three years to train staff etc. By 1964 was employing 837 persons - Pie died 1962 and mill sold (CDHS Archives - Pie File)  
  • 20/5/46 Chermside Radio - Ron Rice opened his store on Gympie Road. Closed 30/6/2002 (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms) Site now occupied by Discount Chemist.
  • 13/12/46 Plan to convert play shed at Chermside State School into 2 classrooms for 80 infants and 2 teachers. Original shed built 1906 and had a sand floor. Cost £350 + £156 for furniture (CORR2). The job was done, see 21/10/1954 (CORR2)
  • 1947 - Population of Chermside 5,055 (POP)
  • 1947 Post Office C'side Telephone Exchange opened with 400 lines in Mermaid St. (Teague p.47)
  • 1947 Site plan of C'side Police Station (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 30/3/47 Opening of the tram line to Hamilton Road Chermside (Hamilton Diary)
  • 4/10/47 Laying of the foundation Stone for the new Methodist Church in Chermside on the corner of Gympie and Hamilton Roads (CDHS Archives - Chermside Churches - Souvenir Programme)
  • 29/1/48 Chermside Bowling Club formed at a meeting in the School of Arts (CDHS Archives -       Chermside Bowls Club - D G Self p. 13) Club was opened 5/10/1950 (Self p. 16).
  • 5/6/48 Order of the Eastern Star Chermside Chapter founded - met in Chermside School of Arts - moved to Kitchener Road, Kedron on 24/1/1975 (CDHS Archives - Golden Jubilee Booklet 1998)
  • 1949 Kitchener Road Methodist Church founded (CKCC) 
  • 6/3/49 Housing Commission built about 300 houses + about 100 privately built up to this date in the Chermside Police Division (CDHS Archives Police File 5/3/1949) (See also 6/3/1952 & 4/8/1954 & 7/4/1961) 
  • 6/3/49 Application for an additional Constable by Sgt Perry at Chermside Police Station - Description of the state of the area of the Police Division - businesses, houses, population, size of farms - 80 families temporarily housed in the Military Camp (half of them no-hopers) - Housing Commission and private builders busy - entertainment outlined - motor cycle patrols - detailed problems and beer consumption at the hotels - used own vehicle for police work "when I have sufficient petrol" (Petrol rationing still in force) (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 6/3/49 Inspector to Commissioner re setting aside part of the Police land for a new Fire Brigade station - Site plan attached (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 17/3/49 Inspector to Commissioner recommends an extra Constable at Chermside Police Station (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 1/8/49 Post Office - the Non Official Postmaster, Mr B C Arndt (Son in law of Mr Reid owner of the shop in which the Post Office was located) became the Postmaster. (POR)
  • 30/9/50 Saturday - New brick Methodist Church opened Cr Hamilton & Gympie Roads. (Isdale p. 22 and Souvenir Booklet in CDHS Archives - Chermside Churches)
  • 1952 Demolition of the old Hamilton family home, Burnie Brae, after resumption by the government for housing - (Chermside Gazette 1/10/1953 p. 2)
  • 1952 Green Belt zoning introduced by Brisbane City Council to halt subdivision in farming land - Basnett's dairy, Packer & Knox, Burgess' Dairy, Traves Paddock all affected. (RSC)  
  • 6/3/52 Housing Commission + private builders had built up to 800 houses along, or near to, Hamilton Rd, Chermside and there was sub-division for a further 700 houses. (CDHS Archives - Police File 6/3/1952) (See also 6/3/1949 & 4/8/1954 & 7/4/1961)
  • 6/3/52 Releasing part of the Police property for a Fire station - site plan attached (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 24/10/53 Ambulance Carnival - Sponsored by C'side Progress Assn - at C'side Tram Terminus - Saturday 2pm - 10pm (Flyer in Chermside File) When they had to raise funds.
  • 1954 Population of Chermside 15,215 (POP)
  • 1954 Church of the Latter Day Saints began meeting in homes and Chermside Hall - Church built in Rode Road in 1958 (Teague p. 64)
  • 12/2/54 Chermside Fire Brigade station on Hamilton Road near Gympie Road opened (Teague p. 54) (Now moved west along Hamilton Road near Webster Road roundabout - P O'Shea)
  • 25/2/54 Chermside State School - New classroom ready for use - cost £1,290 (CORR2)
  • 1/7/1954 Tuberculosis Hospital - Chermside Chest Hospital - later renamed The Prince Charles - established - (Beneke's Bush Report) - Cost $4m (Telegraph 7/9/1987) - First hole in the heart operation performed on 7/4/1964 (Teague p. 53)
  • 4/8/54 Housing - Building in previous four years: Chermside 665 houses (CDHS Archives - Police File 4/8/1954) (See also 7/4/1961 & 6/3/1952 & 6/3/1949)
  • 16/8/54 Sgt O'Connor's report on staffing at Chermside Police Station - Staffing rosters -Detail of the growth of the area - housing - population - Chermside Chest Hospital -  details - beer gardens at hotels - expansion of shopping centre - Police staff of four (since 5/6/1952) - station is understaffed (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 6/12/54 Public Works announces that 2 new classrooms for Chermside State School will be built at a cost of £2,616 (CORR2)
  • 1955 Piggeries close down in Webster Road; land sold for subdivision (RSC)
  • 1955 Police staff increased by a forth constable (See below in 1961 7th April) (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 1/8/1955 Brisbane Cash and Carry opened on corner of Hamilton & Gympie Roads (Newspapers held by Jean Tune) Under construction in August 1954 (CDHS Archives - Police File)
  • 1956 William Basnett wins a case in Land Court to be able to subdivided his property and overturns the Brisbane City Council plans to establish a Green Belt in the Chermside area. (RSC)
  • 1956 Stafford Heights School built for baby boom children in Stafford (RSC )
  • 1956 Chermside and District Youth Club founded by Chermside Progress Association  (Teague p. 59)
  • 1957 West Chermside Presbyterian Church founded (CKCC) 
  • 1957 Rotary Chermside commenced in staff cafeteria at the new C'side Shopping Centre (Archives C'side Firms - Telegraph)
  • 30/5/57 C'side Shopping Centre - Allan & Stark's Drive In Shopping Centre Opened on the Cnr Hamilton & Gympie Roads -  Mr. T J Weedman planner & developer. 1976 reconstructed and enlarged - Courier Mail Supplement 28/5/1957 - 1999 massive development - 2006 more massive development (P O'Shea)
  • 1958 Basnett's land surveyed - septic sewerage requirement - water connected to new houses after 8 completed. (RSC)
  • 21/3/58 Chermside Municipal Library replaced the School of Arts on Cnr of Hall Street and  Gympie Road - (Plaque in foyer of present library) - School of Arts had been handed to the Brisbane City Council in 1952 (Teague p. 51) (Letter from Brisbane City Council listing the assets of the School of Arts)
  • 1959 Sewage line reached the Chermside State School (Ed. Dept Report on Material Requirements for C'side State School 23/6/1960)
  • 1/9/1959 Chermside Shopping Centre - Allan & Stark bought out by the Myer Emporium (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 12/9/59 The Ambulance Transport Brigade opened in Banfield Street with three cars and a staff of nine (Now in Hamilton Road) (Teague p. 54 also Telegraph 10/12/1966)
  • 1/10/59 Brisbane City Council decided to pay £14,000 to buy the remainder of Sparkes' Paddock from the Commonwealth Government, an area of 182 acres. (Courier Mail p. 3) A second report of the transaction appeared in the Telegraph on 2/11/59 which puts the transaction a month later. It seems that the actual transaction did not take place till 1963; see reports below in 1962 and 1963.   
  • 1960 Craigslea Methodist Church founded (CKCC)
  • 19/5/60 M p. 3 - Proposal to build a six storey, $2-3m hotel, shops, pool in Chermside on the south side of Hamilton Road almost opposite the Drive-in Shopping Centre. It did not happen.
  • 25/8/60 Inspection of Chermside Police Station - 5 on staff, Sgts Mahony & Ashe Constables Cullen, Walker & Powell - Crime increasing - they have a Holden Sedan but no bicycles - The report describes the  residences - office buildings - two hotels - large shopping complex - industries - Population of the Division 16,000 -(CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 1961 Population of Chermside 19,972 (POP)
  • 1961 Proposal to build several hundred War Service Homes between Newman, Ellison and Murphy Roads (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 1961 Post Office - Post Master General, later Telecom, Training School established before this date with 100 trainees and staff on the north side of Banfield Street. (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside) The school was demolished in 2005 to make way for the 2006 extension of the Shoppingtown.  
  • 7/4/61 Housing - a big increase in home building over the past five years. (CDHS Archives -   Police File 7/4/1961) (See also 4/8/1954 & 6/3/1952 & 1/3/1949)
  • 7/4/61 Police - Application by Sgt Mahoney for additional staff - Describes changes in the population, housing, business activity, schools, hotels, detailed description of the drive-in shopping centre, PMG Training school, new motel, detailed description of Chermside Chest Hospital, Drive in Picture Theatre, traffic problems, Garden Settlement (Wheller), bowling club problems, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, War Service Homes, postal delivery statistics, increase in clerical work at the Police station because of shoppers coming to drive-in shopping centre. In previous 5 years new stations opened at Stafford and Zillmere thus reducing the Chermside Division. A scene of rapid growth! (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 1962 - From 1962 to 1964 the Commonwealth Dept of Housing acquired 70 acres of Sparkes' Paddock to build 320 homes as War Service Houses. Qld Housing Commission later built 975 homes under its Home Ownership Schemes. The remaining 175 acres was acquired by the Brisbane City Council in 1963 for park purposes. (Chermside Parklands Planning Study - Brisbane City Council p. 24) See also 1963 & 1/3/1996 below.
  • 1962 Roman Catholic Church opened in Pullford Street, West Chermside - in 1977 moved to Maundrell Terrace (Parish Website)
  • 25/3/62 Presbyterian Church opened 25th March (Teague p. 64)
  • 30/7/62 30th July - The new Post Office officially opened by Mr. R C O'Brien, M P for Petrie. Mr. E McLean Postmaster (POR) (For data on the growth of the Chermside Post Office and the list of invited guests see file on same) (The PO closed 7/6/1993 and the site is now occupied by Ray White Estate Agency. The new PO is on the east side of Gympie Road)
  • 10/11/62 Branch of Wheller Gardens opened on Halsmere Street, Geebung - John Wesley Gardens - Includes a Chapel  (Tucker p. 92)
  • 23/11/62 Letter from Federal Member for Petrie (O'Brien) to Commissioner of Police (Bischof) for more police at Chermside. (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 1963 Brisbane City Council acquired the remaining 175 acres of Sparkes' Paddock from the Commonwealth Government and renamed it the Hamilton Road Reserve and later, in 1996, 7th Brigade Park. (Chermside Parklands Planning Study - Brisbane City Council p. 24)
  • 1963 Reservoir built on Milne Hill to supply water to thousands of houses (RSC)
  • 10/12/63 Letter from L J Hooker to Commissioner re Redeveloping the Police land to include shopping facilities. (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside)
  • 1964 Voyager Centre opened as a Sea Scout Hall - later taken over by Kedron-Wavell RSL as a craft centre in Chermside Historic Precinct 
  • 1964 Stafford Heights, Chermside West grew rapidly - 1600 children at Stafford School (RSC)
  • 30/5/64 Land resumed and gazetted for Craigslea School (CDHS Archives - Chermside File)
  • 11/11/64 £53,453 allocated for reticulating sewage to between 300-350 homes in the Kedron Wavell Heights area (C M 11/11/1964)
  • 1/12/1964 Brisbane City Council Swimming pool on Hamilton Road opened in December 1964 (CM - 19/11/1964)
  • 1965 Chermside Shopping Centre - Big upgrade of facilities costing £1.25m. (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 14/2/65 Lutheran Church, West Chermside Maundrell Terrace - Prince of Peace dedicated 14th February.  (Their slogan - A Lutheran church every four miles) (Teague p. 65) (CDHS Archives - Chermside Churches File) (Primary School opened 18/3/1984)
  • 1966 Population of Chermside 26,189 (POP)
  • 1966 Somerset Hills School opened - Rode Road Shopping Centre built (RCS)  
  • 4/5/66 Letter from Minister Dewar to Minister Pizzey re Redeveloping the Police land to include a public toilet. (CDHS Archives - Police File Chermside) (This did not eventuate)
  • 1/7/1966 Chermside Shopping Centre - Woolworths opened Australia's biggest supermarket costing more than $500,000 (CDHS Archives Chermside Firms - Reported in the Telegraph)
  • 10/12/66 Ambulance at Chermside had five cars and a staff of twelve (Telegraph 10/12/1966)
  • 1967 Private sewerage treatment plant constructed to sewer houses in Hooker's Paramount Estate in McDowall and Stafford Heights (RSC)
  • 2/4/67 Lutheran Church West Chermside formally organized (CDHS Archives - Chermside Churches File)
  • 27/5/67 The year 2007, and specifically Sunday 27 May 2007, marks the 40th anniversary of Australia's most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation's history. The 1967 referendum saw more than 90% of eligible Australians vote YES to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the national census of the population and to give the Commonwealth Government power to make specific laws in respect of Indigenous people. This event is often referred to as the first stage of the reconciliation movement in Australia.
  • 2/5/68 Police Inspection Report - Staff, 2 Sergeants and five Constables - Two vehicles, One Cortina Sedan and a Ford Falcon Sedan - Senior Sergeant's residence - high set as laundry was underneath - Lock up garage seems separate - Station premises, Fibro building with offices - Lock up weatherboard and iron roof - used as a storeroom.
  • 4/12/68 Kedron-Wavell Services Club RSL grew from a meeting held by 65 residents. (CDHS Archives - Chermside Clubs)
  • 13/4/69 Last tram to Chermside - Photos of Souvenir tickets - CDHS Photo Files - Suburbs - Chermside. This was the last day for all trams in Brisbane.