Fort Denison is our history ! by miroslava

Fort Denison is our history ! by 

1939 old movie clip about the fort :

Fort Denison has been at the heart of Sydney Harbour for over 150 years and over that time has had a varied past – it has been used as a fishing spot, defence structure, navigational guide, tide gauge station, weather station, time marker and now a restaurant, events space and historic museum.

Fort Denison was once a small, rocky island referred to by the local Aboriginal people as Mat-te-wan-ye, also spelt Muttewai.

After the First Fleet arrived in 1788, Governor Phillip renamed the land Rock Island, but it was informally known to locals as Pinchgut, as it was believed convicts were sentenced to weeks at a time isolated on the island with little bread and water.

The island was flattened and quarried for sandstone, which wa used in the building of Bennelong Point, where the Opera House now stands. Once flatteneted the fortification was completed in 1857. Built from 8000 tonnes of sandstone, quarried near Kurraba Point, Neutral Bay, the island was named Fort Denison, after Sir William Thomas Denison, who was the Governor of New South Wales at the time.
The fort features the only Martello Tower to be built in Australia, and the final one ever constructed in the British Empire.

From 1906 to 1942, the One O’clock Gun was fired each day to enable sailors to correctly set their ship’s chronometer to the local time. The firing of the cannon was stopped during World War II to avoid terrifying Sydneysiders and was later resumed in 1986. Currently the cannon is not being fired however NPWS hope to resume this soon .

The island has been managed by various organisations over time, including the Naval Brigade in 1869, and the Sydney Harbour Trust in 1900. Fort Denison became part of Sydney Harbour National Park in 1992, managed by the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you ! :))

    – miroslava

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Superbly captured.

  • Thank you Julie !

    – miroslava

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66about 3 years ago
  • Thank you, its an honour !!

    – miroslava

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...about 3 years ago

    Another great image!! Beautiful presentation! It only makes me want to get there faster! :)

  • THanks, Sydney is quite beautifull and worth seeing !! And expensive…lol

    – miroslava

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image and great info!

  • Glad you enjoy it, thanks !! :)

    – miroslava

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 3 years ago

    It is terrific to see this bit of history outlined against a modern skyline!!!! A wonderful
    composition!!!! Bill

  • Yes I like that contrast of old and modern myself, thanks ! :)

    – miroslava

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 3 years ago

    looks awesome miroslava – dont see many pics of the fort surprisingly !

  • Quite true actually, havent thought about it, thanks ! :)

    – miroslava

  • canonman99
    canonman99about 3 years ago

    very nicely composed,really highlighted the fort

  • thanks !!!

    – miroslava

  • leonie7
    leonie7about 3 years ago

    these captures of Fort Denison and the History are just wonderful so well done lee

  • thanks !! :)

    – miroslava

  • Tracy Friesen
    Tracy Friesenabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic, this is so beautiful! The light is wonderful!

  • thank you !!! :)))

    – miroslava

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