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Flagstaff Hill Cannons

Providing first-line defence against attacking forces!
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Nicola Rowbotham

on 9 October 2012

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Transcript of Flagstaff Hill Cannons

Flagstaff Hill Cannons! Flagstaff Hill Fort was built between 1890-1891.
The fort was intended to provide a deterrent
to a possible Russian attack upon Wollongong Harbour It was dug out of the hill,
then brick walls were built inside
and earth was placed
over the tunnels. The cannons were designed
to fire a shell weighing
almost 30kg a distance of 1.6km. By 1887 the cannons were regarded
as useless, as they had a short range
and would not adequately
meet the threat that was posed.
The solution to this issue
was to build a disappearing gun,
with underground room for
supplies, ammunition and shelter. In 1893 the threat of a Russian
attack vanished.
For Heritage week in 1983,
the cannons were restored
and relocated at the site
by Wollongong City Council. In 1890 a 5.3 tonne gun was positioned
in a concrete pit near the peak of
Flagstaff Hill.
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