Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Watsons Bay, cannon

This historic cannon is located at South Head, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. Fortifications at South Head were completed in 1854 but weren't armed with guns until later. This 9-inch cannon, which was previously located near the Hornby Lighthouse, was one of six brought to New South Wales from the Royal Gun Factory in England in 1872. This gun emplacement is located near Camp Cove Beach and points into Sydney Harbour.

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  1. That's a well kept canon. We have some here, but they are very rusty.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. we climbed tht cannon a wek ago and fell when we want to take selfie ( got broken collar bone ) and recovery for 8 month :(

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  2. Thats a big gun but you can tell it was not from that position as it should be on rails to rotate it and there are none in the picture. Great photo

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    1. Very observant, Bill. I don't know enough about them to notice that. :)

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  3. A beautifully maintained piece of metal. Feisty but neatly packaged.

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  4. The cannon still looks good.
    http://www.1sthappyfamily.com/2013/12/an-arched-bridge-and-pond.html

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  5. Great capture as always, Jim!! I love your composition!

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  6. Wonderfully historic photo and great blue sky ~ thanks, carol, xxx

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  7. Hiya Jim, Just wondering if there are any more cannons along the beach, Coogee beach? In 1969 we emigrated on the £10 ticket from England, although father was deported within 9 months, however this is another story. The reason I ask about the cannons is I had a picture of me and my brother taken by one of these cannons, I have lost the picture and this is my reason for asking. Kind Regards Freddie Ipswich Suffolk England.

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    1. Hi, Frederick. Those cannons were at Coogee Beach until 1982 and they originally came from Fort Macquarie, which was where the Sydney Opera House now stands. They were moved to a suburban war memorial at Chifley.

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