You grow up knowing a building like it is part of your own history. Buildings evoke memories of the role it plays in the biography of your own life. A quintessential key structure in the history of the Redcliffe Peninsula is the Old Fire Station, and this November recognizes the 70 years that it has stood proudly in Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe – serving the community.
So why would you celebrate the significance of this particular building? Is it it’s heritage listing? Is it the local history component? Or is there more to the story of the Old Fire Station, Redcliffe?
Like all of us, it has a story to tell, and share with others.
The construction of this building responded to the growing population’s interdependence on the land, once seen only as a tourist destination. The Hornibrook Bridge construction  introduced greater Brisbane to Redcliffe Peninsula and opened opportunity for new housing for the growing population. Post WWII, the community was now in need of its own fire station to protect the needs of the local community. This iconic building stands proud, tall, and midway on the highpoint of the Peninsula’s earliest main road between Scarborough and Woody Point.
The history of the Redcliffe Peninsula is a fascinating story. In the timeline of events from early settlement, certain landmarks were crucial to the habitation of a growing 20th century Peninsula population. Redcliffe’s Waterworks opened officially in 1941. The Redcliffe Fire Brigade Board was formed that same year. but then WWII restrictions slowed further progress. Land was purchased in 1948, for the construction of this architecturally modern red brick building, completed in 1949 [at a cost of 11,000 pounds – ie $22.000]. The upstairs housed the family of the Fire Brigade Chief Commissioner for many years, so it served as a home as well as a Fire Station. The Redcliffe Fire Station was de-commissioned in 2011.
Redcliffe Art Society [RAS] moved into the Old Fire Station Art Hub in February 2015 and its members have worked hard to re-establish themselves in a new venue and expand their membership. Besides providing all things “arty” for its members, RAS manages the Old Fire Station Art Gallery and Gallery Shop in the refurbished Redcliffe Fire Station. On the same site, the Redcliffe Pottery Group also has pottery studios, kiln, and display space.
The Redcliffe Art Society [established in 1961] is happily thriving in this fantastic location. With so many artistic members, creative ideas are constantly flowing from within the solid walls of this landmark building.
With support of the Redcliffe Pottery Group and the Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redcliffe Art Society is holding an Open event during the afternoon and evening [3-8pm] inviting the local community to attend and explore the present and past use of the Redcliffe Fire Station. There will be a Bar b que providing food, and drinks will be available too. The rooms of the Fire Station will be open showing the public what each of the rooms was used for and is currently being used for. Members of both the art and pottery groups will provide demonstrations during the event. The Gallery and Gallery Shop will be open. There will also be promotion of local community organisations and emergency services. A fire engine and firemen from Kippa Ring Fire Station will visit during the afternoon and evening. The SES and volunteer Marine Rescue will attend. Fire Station Memorabilia and historic photos will be placed on display. History Redcliffe will also be there. Some historic costumes will be available to wear for photography opportunities. There will be live music also.
RAS has over 400 members who live all over Redcliffe Peninsula and throughout the Moreton Bay region. Members may attend any of 17 studio art classes held at each week. Classes average 12 attendees and, in a week, classes are attended by almost 200 members. The Pottery group is also widely attended.
A guaranteed celebration of this local icon is supported by “Fire Station themed art” from local primary school children. These works from future artists will also be on display.
The Old Fire Station Community Arts and Volunteer Hub, 395 Oxley Ave, Redcliffe QLD 4020