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National Broadcasting Service Radio Transmission Centre

Summary

The Bald Hills wireless transmission station commenced broadcasting in 1942 after the threat of Japanese bombing prompted a relocation of the existing 4QG/4QR station located in Brisbane City. The Bald Hills station transmitted on both shortwave and medium wave bands. Situated beside the Bruce Highway, the station’s aerials became a Brisbane landmark. With the dominance of radio as the major form of home entertainment during the 1940s-50s, the station performed a vital service for the people of Queensland. The station ceased manual operations and switched to remote control from the ABC Mt. Coot-tha studios in 1988.

Significance

  • a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history

    chosen for strategic reasons during World War Two as the site for the vital government-run wireless transmission station.

  • b) It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the City's or local area's cultural heritage

    as Brisbane’s first purpose-built, Commonwealth radio transmission centre.

  • d) It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places

    with its transmission control building and aerial masts array.

  • h) It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the City's or local area's history

    linked to Queensland radio stations 4QR and 4QG from World War Two.

Place details
At 99 Kluver Street , BALD HILLS, 4036
Categories: Communication - Radio
Event(s): Constructed in 1964 - Radio Control Room
Constructed circa 1986 - Transmission Aerial Mast
Constructed in 1948 - Dual Frequency 200m Mast
Period(s): Modern (1956-1982)
Contemporary (1982 onwards)
Postwar (1945-1955)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry - Face brick
Roof - Corrugated iron
Images:
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National Broadcasting Service Radio Transmission Centre


(Last updated - 14 Mar 2016)



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NOTE: The purpose of this report is to provide a general reference source of information about the main historical and descriptive features that contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage place. It is based on available evidence and may be re-assessed if further information becomes available. It is NOT an official report and does not in any way replace the official Heritage Register entry, which can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner should undertake a thorough conservation study of the heritage place before any action is taken which may affect its significance as a heritage listed place. For further information please phone Council on 3403 8888.

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