Looking west from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.
During my school days, I am sure we were told that
the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, known as The Rip,
was only 6 fathoms (36 feet) deep.
Point Nepean from Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.
Google states that Port Phillip Bay’s deepest portion
is only 24 metres (79 ft) and that half of
the bay is shallower than 8 m (26 ft).
From Point Nepean with
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
in the distance.
All shipping must negotiate the
narrow and shallow stretch
of water in between as they
enter and leave Port Phillip Bay.
From the Point Lonsdale side
A freighter heading for the
open water of Bass Strait
1725 metres or 5659 feet above sea level.
A few metres in front of me is the brink of a steep slope
that forms one side of the area known as The Bowl.
The silvery-grey flora, down in The Bowl,
are Snow Gums that were burned
in bushfires about ten years ago.
Commemorating firing of
The First Shot of World War 1,
100 years earlier, from
Point Nepean National Park,
And now the world is nearly on the brink of a third World War
Point Lonsdale lighthouse…
…is easily visible from Point nepean…upper left corner.
It was from Fort Nepean that my Grandfather
was part of the gun crew which loaded and fired
this barrel at the German freighter the Pfalz
as it tried to sneak out of Port Phillip Bay,
a mere 5 hours after War had been declared
In 2014 the gun emplacement from which
the shot was fired was to be restored.
Hopefully that is now completed.
During the commemoration families laid wreaths
to commemorate their ancestors.
Every time I enquired who could lay the wreath,,
I was given aa different answer.
My aunties, daughters of Grandfather, and I
selected the answer we liked most and
were the rebels of the day.
Making the day more authentic a freighter arrived
at around 1240 appearing to dawdle until,
we suspect, they were told there was
a loaded canon ready to be fired
in its direction at 1245.
The FIrst Shot, World War 1,
100 year, Commemoration,
Point Nepean National Park,
Portsea, 5th August 2014,
at 1245 hours
On August 5, 2014, at the commemoration of
Firing of the First Shot
of World War I…
…these pelicans provided us with a flyby
in what I imagined was
a missing airman formation.
weird and wonderful thing.
Point Nepean flag pole at the 2014
Commemoration of Firing the First Shot
of World War I,
August 5, 1914,
at 1245 hours.
Geelong Football Stadium
home of the
Sadly the art work is no longer.
Technically I believe my Kalahari Scrub Robin
is in the wrong half of the frame.
It should have room to run into.
However to include its shadow
the rule had to be ignored.
Living street art in Melbourne.
I doubt that my Grandfather, or any of his colleagues realised that
they were making history at 1245, August 5th, 1914
when they fired The First Shot of World War 1.
Nor would they have contemplated that 100 years henceforth…
…their descendants would gather at Point Nepean…
…for a re-enactment of that day to remember fallen loved ones
and those that had their lives shortened
after serving in The Great War.