An elevated view of one of the (BL) 6 inch Mark XI Counter Bombardment guns recently constructed ...

Accession Number P03984.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Date made 25 September 1933
Conflict Period 1930-1939
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Description

An elevated view of one of the (BL) 6 inch Mark XI Counter Bombardment guns recently constructed at Emery Point - B Battery. The gun is mounted on a concrete block and is of the same type used on the RAN vessel HMAS Sydney I. Construction of coastal defences at Emery Point was undertaken after it was decided in 1930 to close down the Garrison at Thursday Island. The first men from the Royal Australian Artillery arrived in 1933, followed by a detachment of Royal Australian Engineers, later to be known as the 7th Fortress Company. Five more oil tanks were commissioned at that time. A Naval Depot opened in Darwin in January 1935 with a primary mission of operating as a naval reserve facility. By 1936, four 6 inch coastal guns had been installed - two at Emery Point and two at East Point. Larrakeyah Barracks was built, but by 1937 the garrison numbered only 50.

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