This book provides a coherent and accurate account of the complex history of the fixed defences of Sydney Harbour over a period of 175 years.
It draws together the various stands of military, economic, social and political influences which determined the defence thinking of different eras from 1788 to 1960.
This book offers a fascinating account of the dramas behind the building of the defences, and how, when and where they were built.
In this book, the author has (where possible), used primary research sources , and included many photographs and sketches of the guns mounted in Sydney Harbour, many of which have not survived. However, the remains of a number of fortifications still survive, and this book will enable to reader to visit the sites with a better understanding of each of them.
Note on Ordnance
List of Drawings, Photographs and Maps
Part 1: A Few Fragile Forts 1788 to 1869, A Distant Outpost of Empire
1. The First Defences 1788 to 1810
2. A Few Fragile Forts 1812 to 1838
3. Years of Indifference and Neglect 1839 to 1850
4. The Changing Technology of War 1851 to 1860
5. The Imperial Regiments Depart 1861 to 1869
Part 2: A Second Gibraltar 1870 to 1900, Defence of the Colony of New South Wales
6. Left to their Own Devices 1870 to 1877
7. Planning for their Own Defence 1878 to 1883
8. Placing the House in Order 1884 to 1887
9. The Years of Turmoil 1888 to 1892
10. A Second Gibraltar 1893 to 1900
Part 3: Sydney Fortress 1901 to 1963, Commonwealth Defence and the World Wars
11. Federation and the Great Depression 1901 to 1918
12. Disarmament and the Great Depression 1919 to 1932
13. The War Clouds Gather 1933 to 1938
14. The Sound of Distant Thunder 1939 to 1940
15. The Storm Breaks in the Pacific 1941
16. The Enemy on the Doorstep 1942
17. Sydney Fortress 1943 to 1945
18. Coast Defences: Going Going Gone ... 1946 to the Present
Appendix 1: Current Status of Former Sydney Fortifications at 2004
Appendix 2: A Selection of Equipment Employed in the Fixed Defences of Sydney from 1788 Until the End of World War Two
Appendix 3: Notes on the 9.2 inch Breech Loading Counter Bombardment Guns