Piece of local rail history retained for community


A piece of Redlands history has been retained with Redland City Council agreeing to relocate the former Central Cleveland Station Masters Cottage from the Redland Returned Services League (RSL) land at 204 Middle Street Cleveland.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said the RSL had offered to gift the historic building to Council on the condition it was relocated to make way for an extension of RSL facilities.

“The old Station Masters Cottage needs to be moved so the RSL can expand their facilities,” Cr Williams said.

“Although not in its original location, this 1880’s building still represents a vibrant part of our history, so when the RSL offered it to Council we jumped at the chance to relocate it for all Redlanders to experience.

Central Cleveland Goods Yard (station platform off edge of frame to the right)

Central Cleveland Goods Yard (station platform off edge of frame to the right)

“Originally standing in sight of the then Cleveland Central rail station with its nearby shops and a bustling goods yard, the Station Masters cottage was established in 1889.

“In 1897 the railway line was extended down near to Paxton Street, Cleveland Point, terminating at what was then Cleveland station.

“Travelling into Woolloongabba, the line played a vital role in the development of urban areas along its length, as well as transporting Redlands farm produce and goods to the Brisbane markets.”

Division 2 Councillor, Peter Mitchell said the building would be relocated nearby on State reserve land and within an area that still retains buildings from the old Cleveland township precinct.

“This precinct extends from Cleveland Lighthouse past the historic Courthouse and Grandview Hotel to several remaining properties of the time, including cottages in Shore St, East and Passage Street. This precinct is the ideal location for the Station Masters Cottage,” Cr Mitchell said.

“As well as serving as another reminder of the area’s rich history, Council is keen for this building to be available for the community and will look at ways to work with community groups to facilitate this.”

Cr Williams said Council voted in August to fund the relocation of the building, before seeking the State Government’s approval for it to be moved onto State owned land.

“The State Government recently granted approval and work will now be undertaken to progress the move of the Station Masters Cottage to its new home in Linear Park.”

Historical and current view of Shore Street East that formed retail and commercial precinct next to the goods

Historical and current view of Shore Street East that formed retail and commercial precinct next to the goods