Ralph Snowball Collection Uni of Newcastle
Fort Scratchley, was formerly a coastal defence installation, now a 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.
Research family or friends who served at the Fort
The long awaited first section of the Western Barbette Gun Carriage is nearing completion. Seen here at Hunter Water Tomago workshop. The unit is now being readied for blasting and painting and we are hoping to have it arrive onsite during August.
The second section is under construction.
Contact the Research Centre directly HERE
Gun Carriage nears completion