His­toric re­vival of war de­fence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

THE pub­lic will see how Fre­man­tle was de­fended when vol­un­teers re­build a gun house for a World War Ii-era 5.25-inch cal­i­bre gun, thanks to $133,000 in grants.

The gun house will be con­structed at the Leighton Bat­tery in Mos­man Park.

“It will also open up the space in the gun’s pit un­der­neath for dis­plays and tours, while above will be the replica of the gun house, but it can’t be en­tered,” Royal Aus­tralian Ar­tillery His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of WA pres­i­dent David Carte said at the grants’ an­nounce­ment last month.

The so­ci­ety will re­ceive $99,755 from Lot­tery­west and $33,000 from Mos­man Park Coun­cil.

The guns were ca­pa­ble of fir­ing to Rot­tnest Is­land 19km away and be el­e­vated to de­fend against at­tack­ing air­craft be­fore they were de­com­mis­sioned in the 1960s. Mr Carter said a lo­cal com­pany would fab­ri­cate the gun house and a replica of its pro­trud­ing bar­rel.

The bat­tery’s tun­nels were con­structed in 1942 but af­ter de­com­mis­sion­ing as a mil­i­tary site they were blocked in 1979 be­fore be­ing placed on the Reg­is­ter of the Na­tional Es­tate.

“En­clos­ing the gun’s pit has been iden­ti­fied as a pri­or­ity for safety and con­ser­va­tion rea­sons, and as the first step to un­der­tak­ing restora­tion and in­ter­pre­tive works to the gun em­place­ment, thereby pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors to the site, es­pe­cially those that are less com­fort­able with the bat­tery’s more ex­ten­sive tun­nel net­work,” Mos­man Park Mayor Brett Pol­lock said.

Work on the pit will start by re­mov­ing its fenc­ing and adding a con­crete roof by the end of the year, while the coun­cil will im­prove the sur­round­ings.

The gun house is ex­pected to be in­stalled late 2020.

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Kim Knight and Kate Bell, from Su­bi­ac­tion, cel­e­brate the first Su­bi­li­cious Fringe World events.

The orig­i­nal gun house will be repli­cated at Leighton Bat­tery.Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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