Trench Mortar - Bonnie Doon, Vic, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
S 37° 01.580 E 145° 51.280
55H E 398126 N 5901593
Quick Description: This green-painted Mortar stands in front of the World War One Monument for Bonnie Doon.
Location: Victoria, Australia
Date Posted: 5/27/2019 7:26:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM10MEZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 3

Long Description:
Originally the German Trench Mortar was placed in front of the 1921 unveiled War Memorial, and while the photo from the High Country History website looks like it may still be in the same position, it was moved to where it stands today in 1955, when Sugarloaf Reservoir was enlarged to become Lake Eildon, and the town moved to avoid being submerged. (visit link)

"This German Trench Mortar was presented by the British Government at the request of Lord Novar to Mrs Ann F. Bon of Wappan Estate who now presents it to the inhabitants of Bonnie Doon." [ex-link above.] The ANZAC Memorial park is between Bon Crescent, and the Maroondah Highway. The photo mentioned above, in that link, shows the mortar 'uncapped'; whereas now it is covered at the mouth.

From the rear of the mortar is the following punched numbers:
2056
2478

No. 3478
1917

So, assuming that the last number is the year of manufacture, then this mortar may not have seen much more than a year of service, before being captured.

Visited: 1034-5, Sunday, 6 January, 2019
What type of artillery is this?: Trench Mortar [German]

Where is this artillery located?: Park

What military of the world used this device?: Germany

Date artillery was placed on display: 5/1/1922

Parking location to view this Waymark: S 37° 01.500 E 145° 51.300

Cost?: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Artillery is no longer operational: yes

Still may work: no

Are there any geocaches at this location?:
No


Date artillery was in use: Not listed

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