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Atinee Building

  • 600900
  • 205-207 Flinders Street, Townsville


Also known as
Commercial Banking Company of Australia (former)
State Heritage
Register status
Date entered
21 October 1992
Commercial/financial/professional: Bank
3.7 Developing secondary and tertiary industries: Financing
Cowlishaw, James Percy Owen
Harrison, JC & Sons
Construction period
1897, Atinee Building (1897c - 1897c)
Historical period
1870s–1890s Late 19th century


205-207 Flinders Street, Townsville
Townsville City Council
-19.25754994, 146.81926212


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Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

The impressive style of the structure emphasises the role the Commercial Bank of Australia played in the economic growth of the region during the early twentieth century.

Criterion BThe place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

The Atinee Building is commercial structure of unusual design in the Townsville region and as such it is a feature of the streetscape in Flinders Street.

Criterion DThe place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.

It is a good example of a commercial building constructed with wide verandahs and decorated with timber and cast iron.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

The Atinee Building is commercial structure of unusual design in the Townsville region and as such it is a feature of the streetscape in Flinders Street.


The building was erected in 1897c and was the second premises of the Commercial Banking Company of Australia Ltd. The Bank operated from this building for forty one years and the Relatino Restaurant for twenty three years from 1955. Recently the building has become well known as the Back Packers Hostel.


This symmetrical three-storeyed building of the Federation period has deep shady verandahs on the upper two levels. These verandahs, which extend over the footpath, are decorated with cast-iron balustrades and friezes, together with timber fretwork.

The ground floor shop front and interior have been modernised while the upper floors remain basically intact. The brick building, which is well designed for the tropics, is surmounted by a parapet and centrally placed pediment. While the structure is in need of maintenance, it is still in reasonable condition and its integrity is basically intact.

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Location of Atinee Building within Queensland
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Last updated
20 January 2016
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