Fort Scratchley, was formerly a coastal defence installation, now an interactive museum. Located in Newcastle East, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia (map below). Built in 1882 to defend the city against a possible Russian attack. However, its guns were not fired in anger until 8 June 1942, during the shelling of Newcastle by a Japanese submarine.
The Australian Army vacated the site in 1972.
The Fort is under constant restoration by our team of volunteers and we are pleased to welcome visitors during opening hours to take a paid guided tour led by our volunteer guides or just to freely explore the above ground site at your own pace.
The Fort also conducts paid guided tours through the extensive underground tunnel complex.
Fort Scratchley Historical Society regrets as from the Friday 20th March 2020, Fort Scratchley will be closed until further notice.
We regret this move but are following Federal Government guidelines.
Research family or friends who served at the Fort
Contact the Research Centre directly HERE
below: Barbette 80pdr. RML 6inch gun first time fired since late 1880s.
Western Barbette 80 pounder gun
Official dedication firing on
26th January, 2020
Photo - Gary Luxton