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Medical Consulting Suites In Central Herston – Our History

Health and medicine are intricately woven into Brisbane’s built environment, with several prominent heritage buildings dating back to the expansion of the University of Queensland and the establishment of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in the early 1900s. The stunning medical consulting suites leased to Brisbane doctors by Herston Health are a part of this history.

In 1906 Victoria Park had been reserved as a site for expansion by the University of Queensland. When the university decided to move its campus to St. Lucia the land became available for development and several suggestions were entertained. William Jolly (1st Lord Mayor of Brisbane) was a vocal supporter of the establishment of a golf course and became the clubs inaugural President.
Originally the clubhouse for The Victoria Park Golf Club, the building was designed by Reyburn Jameson in Spanish Mission style. It opened in September 1931 although the bar did not open for a further 4 years; the first drinks being served on New Year’s Eve 1935. The building predates the neighbouring UQ Mayne Medical School (1939) and original Women’s Hospital at Herston (1938). The latter being lost to history and the site now occupied by RBWH Education centre and UQ Centre of Clinical Research.

The clubhouse site was chosen to allow golfers an easterly walk at the end of their round and close proximity to the existing tram line. The course was completed a few months after the building with golfers tee-ing off from what is the current car park. Concrete ramps for golf buggies are still visible in the carpark. Construction costs were £4125.
Harold Erwood remodelled the building in 1939. Wings and a dance-floor (now occupied by Herston Health) were added and the building became one of Brisbane’s most popular night spots during in the interwar years. During the second world war the grounds were occupied as a military encampment.
A “new” clubhouse 500m along Herston Road was opened on 14th December 1975 and the building fell into disuse.  The building was tenanted in 1978 by the Lone Parent Club of Queensland. Through the 1980s it became a disco and affectionately became known as “The Pink Palace” or “Lonely hearts” nightclub. The disco hosted both blossoming and unrequited love of many hospital staff.
It was then abandoned and occupied by squatters.  Water and fire extensively damaged the buildings windows, ceiling, and dance floor.  Only fragments of the original plaster work were salvageable.  In the early 2000s the building was host to a number of rave and “experimental music” parties of dubious legality.

Thankfully the building was restored and leased to Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland in 2010. The building was very close to following the sad history of Cloudland, Belle Vue Hotel and The Regent Theatre. Herston Health is very proud and thankful to be a custodian of the building and we look forward to giving it life into its second century.

With its stunning location, proximity to one of the city’s most crucial health precincts, and a wonderfully colourful history of its own, this building is a beautiful, practical site for your private practice activities.

Choose elegant medical consulting suites and be part of Brisbane history. Contact Herston Health to arrange medical office space for rent in this stunning heritage location.