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Historical Site

The Cannons

John Morley Reserve and Fort Gellibrand


The large Armstrong cannons (1864) in John Morley Reserve on The Strand were placed in the years after the Crimean War, to repel a possible Russian naval offence. This never came, and the two mighty guns have never been fired in anger. There are two further Armstrong guns within Gellibrand Fort. As people picnic and walk their dogs nearby, the guns point dutifully out to sea, still awaiting the attack of the Tsar’s warships.

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