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Mark VII Gun Plaque : 17-July-2014
Mark VII Gun Plaque : 17-July-2014
Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

A plaque commemorates the centenary of the installation of the Mark VII guns at Fort Scratchley in 1811.

The strategic importance of a hilltop overlooking the harbour was recognised as early as 1804, and by 1828 an earthen battery was constructed and equipped with seven guns. In 1876, with fears of Russian attack, the British Government sent Major General Sir William Jervois and Lieutenant Colonel Peter Scratchley to advise on naval defences. Under the direction of Jervois and Scratchley, Colonial Architect James Barnet oversaw construction of the Fort. It was designed around a battery of three guns facing eastward in an arc to the ocean, with other guns covering the harbour to north and west. The gun emplacements were cut into the top of the hill to present a low profile to attack

Location

Address:Nobbys Road, Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Newcastle East, 2300
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.926213
Long: 151.791139
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Colonial

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 13th November, 2011
Front Inscription
       This plaque was unveiled by
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO
                        on
     Sunday 13 November 2011
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of installation
  of the 6" Mark VII guns at Fort Scratchley.

These guns returned fire during a World War Two attack by a Japanese submarine on 8 June 1942.


Bill Hopkins                                        Cr John S Tate 
 President                                      Lord Mayor of Newcastle         
Fort Scratchley Historical Society                                
  


                 

 
Source: MA
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