Each year there is a festival in Brisbane, Qld called “History Alive”, and this shot was captured in 2009, the fearless – and it must be said slightly bored looking – defenders of the realms at the entrance gates. But it was a hot day in July . . . .
The festival is held over the June long weekend at the Fort Lytton historical site in Brisbane.
Fort Lytton is one of several coastal fortifications built along Australia’s coast in the 19th century to safeguard shipping lanes and ports from possible enemy raids.
From 1881 until the 1930s, Fort Lytton was Brisbane’s front line of defence and is regarded as the birthplace of Queensland’s military history. Regular training camps in military warfare were a highlight of Queensland’s political and social calendar.
This classic example of a coastal fortress was surrounded by a water-filled moat, and its heavy armaments were concealed behind grassy ramparts connected by underground passages. After World War II, the fort had outlived its usefulness and fell into disrepair until petroleum refining company Ampol took over the site in 1963. The fort became a national park in 1988 which today protects this important link with our military past.
History Alive is held by the Queensland Living History Federation and this year (2011) will be the twelfth festival held.
From their site:
One of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets. Built in the 1880s to stem fears of a Russian attack on British colonies in the Pacific, the Fort is now the base for the most entertaining walk through history you could hope to have without a Time Machine!…
The only fort in Australia with its own moat !
Watch as a Soldiers from 1888 live, breath and work within its confines.
Not only see but hear the Fort’s guns roar to life – not once but THREE times each day !
Battles from the Napoleonic Wars
The conflict of the American Civil War
Witness the cut and thrust of World War 2 where vehicles changed everything but nothing changed for the people.
Be transported to the jungles of Vietnam
The Vortex (the main arena)
The Gladiators of Rome will fight for you.
Dark Age Warriors will seek to best each other as only they can.
Knights will participate in a Foot Tournament, each seeking the ultimate prize.
The English Civil War comes to you.
Queen Victoria’s Best stand ready to defend the Colony.
Visit the Encampments and see the daily way of living through the eras
Watch as skills from other times are bought to life
Listen as sounds from the past become a reality
The Old Quarintine Station Dining Hall:
Static Displays from local History Groups
Demonstrations - Find out about Brisbane’s History
Meet the Past / Music / Vehicles (from bicyles to tanks and all types inbetween) / Other Cultures / Colour / Noise / Explosions !
And there’s food and drink to buy as well….