100th anniversary of the 6inch Mark VII guns at Fort Scratchley!

Today is the 100th anniversary of the 6inch Mark VII guns at Fort Scratchley!

To celebrate this significant anniversary, a large program of events is planned including discounted tunnel tours, photographic, vehicle and museum displays, re-enactments and gun firing. A highlight will be the evening re-enactments of the WWII attack on Newcastle.

Program of Events

10.00am - Gates open, tunnel tours commence ($5.00 per person, children free), displays open

10.45am - Re-enactment group and band

11.00am - Flag raising ceremony, re-enactment group present arms

11.05am - 6-Inch Mark VII Gun firing (in salute of the 150th =anniversary of the formation of the 113th Battery and Predecessors)

1.00pm - 6-Inch Mark VII Gun firing

1.10pm - R.S.L. Pipe Band (including drum salute)

2.30pm - R.S.L. Pipe Band Final Display

3.00pm - 6-Inch Mark VII Gun firing

5.00pm - 80 Pounder (original 1882) Gun firing

8.00pm - Re-enactment of WWII attack on Newcastle by a Japanese submarine featuring searchlight, 6-Inch Mark VII Gun firing and special effects

8.30pm - Flag lowering ceremony

Short tours of the Fort tunnels are available from 10.00am to 4.00pm and 6.00pm to 7.30pm; $5.00 per person with children admitted free.

The Fort Scratchley Historical Society shop will be selling merchandise / souvenirs with food and drink available from the on-site cafe.

Emma is a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 1st year student, undertaking a Bachelor of Communication (majoring in Industry Waffle/Strategic Argument Implementation) at The University of Newcastle. Her interests include critiquing everything, relentlessly blogging about insignificant happenings and drawing poorly. When she grows up, she wants to be Oprah.

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