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