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 London.

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










(of a thing) not able to be found
because it is not in its expected place


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.


I guess imagination is a

weird and wonderful thing.


One Word Sunday Challenge:...Missing








a number of bullets, arrows, or other projectiles discharged at one time

It wasn’t a volley but a single gunshot…


…fired from this barrel…


…which was mounted in this gun emplacement

which was the first allied shot fired in World War I.


Recently I posted a photo taken near the

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse looking over

to this side…Point Nepean.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Volley











Black and White Challenge:



I’m catching up with some missed posts for the BW Challenge.

walkway_0031No quite indoor…but under cover.

walkway_0036The rest of my images come from Fort Nepean,

from where the First Shot of both World Wars was fired

walkway_0033My Grandfather was part of the gun crew which fired

The First Shot of World War I.

 He would have spent many hours walking

through these passages.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Indoor-Walkways




Weekly Photo Challenge-Creepy



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



When I read that Creepy was this week’s theme…

spidera_0071the first photo I though of was this.

Arachnids and reptiles do give me the creeps.

 fort_nepean_0036Then inspired by MyThoughtsThrough the Lens I thought of

this series of photos taken at Fort Nepean on Port Phillip Bay.


My Grandfather was part of the gun crew which fired

the First Shot of World War I.

During his time at the fort he would have

been moving around these tunnels,

in the cold and dark,

save for candle light.

fort_nepean_0039knowing that at any moment,

if instructions were not followed,

he or some else,

may accidentally bring their candle flame

into contact with gunpowder.



NOW….if you did not think my first photo all that creepy,

my last may have the desired effect…
spider_0071It did with MGW when she looked round the corner

at my monitor to see what I was doing!!! 😀

Apologies for my Photoshop skills, or lack thereof.



A Word a Week Photography Challenge–Rust


My contribution for this week’s

 Word of the Week Challenge…



Thinking of a rusty post I remembered this photo of…

ferriswheel_0505a ferris wheel.  A bit rusty for me to ride on.

curves2_1801Rusty red bricks, rusting metal all over fifty years old.


A rusty roof in the middle of a city, and…


another rusty roof in rural Victoria.  Not an unusual sight.

fort_0030AThese rusting rings are…

are set into rusty bricks and rusting surrounds.
soldiers_0047Is this soldier pushing ammunition carts to…
metal_0106-001this relic; part of the gun mount which fired the first shot of World war I.
soldiers_0114These three may have been clean steel at one time,

however, they have taken on a rusty hue now.








Weekly Photo Challenge-Silhouette


My contribution for this week’s challenge…



On August 5, I paid a visit to Fort and Point Nepean to commemorate

firing the First Shot in World War 1.

silhouette_0148There was oodles of media in tow to cover the event.

We were told that it was to be reported internationally,

but not sure if this occurred.


silhouette_0340A young soldier is demonstrating how the Pfalz was signalled on that day in 1914.

silhouette_0047Down at Fort Nepean a silhouette of a soldier pushing carts which may have carried explosives.

silhouette_0114I would like to think that these ‘Diggers‘ are honouring the men who fought in all wars

and praying that it never happens again.



Weekly Photo Challenge-Texture


My contribution for this week’s challenge…



Found some good photos and textures at Fort Nepean last Tuesday.

fort_0084This sign is at the gun emplacement which fired the first shot of World War 1.


fort_0028Just hope this shell did not contain any…
fort_0029powder as described above.
fort_0031The texture of the bricks and rings was eye-catching even before this challenge.
fort_0032Fascinating to think that these guns were manoeuvred manually with ropes and pulleys…

fort_0030Ausing these rings which are still embedded in the wall.




Wordless Wednesday-First-Shot-WW-1


At 1245, August 5, 1914…
gun_0118the gun on the right fired the first shot of World War 1.

Approximately twenty-five years later the gun on the left fired the first shot of World War 2.
wreaths_0491Today, conducted with military precision, representatives of twenty countries, descendants of the gun crew, public and politicians, gathered and commemorated this event.

wreaths_0484The ceremony ended with a wreath laying ceremony which gave descendants a moment to

remember and honour their loved ones.

 wreaths_0609Lest we forget.

We do not want it to happen again.


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