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Fort Taiaroa (Including six-inch Armstrong Hydropneumatic Gun and Underground Chambers) - Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
S 45° 46.468 E 170° 43.686
59G E 478860 N 4930975
Quick Description: Located within the Royal Albatoss Centre on the Taiaroa Head at the end of the Otago Peninsula, historic Fort Taiaroa is a warren of tunnels and gun emplacements originally built in 1885 when an attack from Tsarist Russia was feared.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 1/23/2012 3:37:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMDK50
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member StagsRoar
Views: 5

Long Description:
The Russian war scares of the 1880s caused the New Zealand Government to erect batteries overlooking the harbours of the four main centres. The strategic position at Taiaroa Head gave excellent control over ships approaching Otago Harbour. Local stone was used by prison labour with outstanding skill to form the underground galleries and storage for the gun emplacement. The six-inch Armstrong hydro-pneumatic disappearing gun is still in sound condition except for incomplete breech mechanism. Fort Taiaroa is an excellent example for a military fortification of a bygone era and in its dramatic siting is most worthy of preservation.
Date location was entrusted to the New Zealand Historic places: 11/25/1982

Type of history commemorated (short description):
Military - Fortification Military - Gun Emplacement


Website pertaining to the location: [Web Link]

Town, city, or region nearest to the site:
Dunedin, Otago Region


Year placed: 1880

Admission fees if any: 20.00 (listed in local currency)

Hours of operation:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Is it accessible to the general public:
yes


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