- MacArthur Central, Brisbane
MacArthur Central is a building located on the north-east corner of Queen Street and Edward Street in
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is notable for its wartime association with General Douglas MacArthur, who used the building as the Allied forces' South West Pacific Area Headquartersfrom July 1942 to November 1944. [ [http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozatwar/amp.htm General Headquarters (GHQ), South West Pacific Area, Queen Street, Brisbane] — ABC ] [ [http://www.abc.net.au/dimensions/dimensions_in_time/Transcripts/s491019.htm MacArthur's war chambers, Brisbane] retrieved 15 January, 2007] [ [http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ausarmy/hiringsno1lofc.htm American Headquarters during World War II] ]
The building was constructed between 1930 and 1934 and with the exception of the war years was the Queensland headquarters of the AMP Society until 1988 when that organisation moved to new premises in Creek Street. The AMP Society has subsequently demutualised, becoming a company known as AMP Limited.
A feature of the building (and until recently of all buildings owned by the AMP Society) is a three figure statue above the
porticoentrance of the Queen Street façade of the building, representing: "Strength, Plenty, Production and Growth".
Below the statue is the
Latin mottoof the AMP Society -: "AMICUS CERTUS IN RE INCERTA" -- or in English:: "A SURE FRIEND IN UNCERTAIN TIMES"
— which also seems appropriate considering the use of the building by American forces during the war.
The building replaced a smaller 3 storey building also owned by the AMP Society which had been constructed in the 1890s. It also featured the "trademark" AMP Society three figure statue.
After the AMP Society vacated the building it continued to be leased for office accommodation, with small shops on the ground and basement floors. The building and sites adjacent to the building were subsequently redeveloped in the 1990s.
Today the building, which is now called "MacArthur Central", is part of an apartment and modern commercial shopping complex, which includes the famous
Shingle Innfranchise and other restaurants, a medical centre, pharmacy, newsagency, Australia's first inner-city Big Wdiscount department store, as well as Woolworths, Crazy Clark's, Dymocks Booksellersand approximately 40 other specialty stores.
The MacArthur Museum (to commemorate General MacArthur's association with Brisbane), was opened by members of the General Douglas MacArthur Brisbane Memorial Trust in 2002. [ [http://www.macarthurmuseumbrisbane.org/ The MacArthur Museum] – MacArthur Central building in Brisbane]
Visitors are able to visit General Douglas MacArthur's office. Also on display is movie footage of the Second World War and all the front pages of "
The Courier-Mail" from September, 1939 to August, 1945.
The entrance to both the museum and the MacArthur Chambers Hotel are on Edward Street. The Museum is open 10 to 5 Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
A notice (featured at right) about the MacArthur Museum is placed at the Edward Street entrance to the hotel and museum at the MacArthur Central building, on the days the MacArthur Museum is open to the public.
* [http://www.macarthurcentral.com MacArthur Central website]
* [http://www.apartmentreviews.com.au/buildings/00015.htm MacArthur Central apartments]
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