|The hexagonal Fort Phillip on Windmill Hill c1891-1921 (NSW State Library)|
Construction began in 1804 (after the Dawes battery was completed, see previous post) in a hexagonal design to protect from threats coming from the ocean to the east, and the hinterland to the west. The walls were made of locally quarried sandstone several feet thick. However, with 3 walls completed, construction ceased and the fort was never finished.
|The original Fort Phillip design|
|The Fort repurposed to a Signal Station c1842 (NSW State Library)|
|The redesign of the Fort area to become the Observatory and Signalling station|
|The fields of observation from Windmill hill are excellent, but the range for 19th century ordinance would have been challenging (Note this is a Krupp cannon captured from the Boers, part of a South African War Monument on the site)|
|The remodelled Signal Station, incorporating part of the original outer walls|
|The outer wall of the Signal Station - original from Fort Phillip|
|Outer North Wall - original sandstone revetment|
|The excavated magazine entrance inside the original Fort|
|Excavation work in 2011- this view shows the use of the original wall as part of the semaphore station, and the entrance to the magazine.|
The Observatory (with Timeball Tower atop for synchronising marine chronometers)
A relatively minor site, but one that the lad and I enjoyed visiting on a sunny summer day.