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COLONIAL BAYSIDE DEFENCES OF
PORT PHILLIP BAY,
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

'The Gibraltar of the South'

To the south of the City of Melbourne is Port Phillip Bay, a large expanse of sometimes turbulent water some 700 nautical square miles in area. The Bay extends about 30 miles inland from the Heads, and averages 20 miles in breadth.

Some historians have stated that Melbourne's bayside defences were obsolete when built, and that some of the guns when worn by firing were as dangerous to their crews as to any potential enemy.

 

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