Port Fairy

Port Fairy VIC, Australia
Posted on June 20, 2021 / 25
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Australia

Port Fairy Battery was built as a result of the 1877 report prepared by Major General Sir William Jervois and Lieutenant Colonel Peter Scratchley.

Port Fairy Coastal Battery was built to mount two 68-pdr SB Muzzle Loading guns in 1874 and these were in earthen emplacements.  These guns were from Low Moor, Serial Numbers 7261 and 7271.

In 1889 these two SB guns were replaced by two 80-pdr SB RML guns.  These guns were RGF serial number 17 and 22 both dated 1886. The construction of the batteries cost a total of £1,933 (AUS$3866).

This was one of three batteries of two 68-pdr RML and then 80-pdr RML guns built in this area in the 1880s.  The other batteries were Portland Battery and Warrnambool Battery.

A brief summary of the Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland Batteries and volunteer units serving them, prepared by David McGinness, can be downloaded here.

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