The Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad, MP is happy to announce the listing of Junction Park State School in the Queensland State Heritage Register.
Ms Trad said “this school has a strong and ongoing association with the Annerley community since being established in 1888. It was established through the fundraising efforts of the local community and generations of Annerley children have been educated here”.
“This school is important for its contribution to educational development of Annerley and is a prominent community focal point and gathering place for social and commemorative events with widespread community support” said Ms Trad.
This lovely old school was established in 1888 and is important in demonstrating the evolution of state education and its associated architecture in Queensland. The architecture of the building is an example of a Queensland state school built during the Depression era. The school comprised as Depression-era Brick School Building, and brick toilet block built in 1934, constructed to a government design. These are set within a generous, landscaped site that retains mature shade trees, depression-era retaining walls (c1935) and sporting facilities, including the early swimming pools and an oval.
The brick school building is an intact, excellent example of its type and retains a high degree of integrity. The building demonstrates the principal characteristics of its type, including its two storey form, with an undercroft; symmetrical, high quality design that features classical detailing; loadbearing, face brick construction; hipped roof; and prominent central roof fleche. The building has a linear layout, with rooms accessed by verandahs, and an undercroft used as open play space. Typical of this building type, the Depression-era Brick School Building was located in a growing suburban area at the time of its construction.
The heritage listing includes: the brick school building, toilet blocks and landscaping of the school grounds and relief work programs that, during the 1930s, stimulated the economy and provided work for men unemployed as a result of the Great Depression.
The two swimming pools (1920, 1929), the earliest of which was first built in a Queensland state school, reflect the growing concern in the early 20th century to teach children to swim for health and safety reasons.
The World War 1 Honour Board (1915) located in the Depression-era Brick School Building is important in demonstrating the school community’s involvement in a major world event.