Defending Port Phillip Author: Keith Quinton
Hardcover 34 cm x 28 cm (13 x 11 inches) 120 pages
80 large format historical, digitally enhanced, sepia images (4-colour printing)
A critical examination of the land and sea defences developed by the British Colony of Victoria following its promulgation and separation from New South Wales in 1852. The book details fluctuations between naval and/or military solutions to the ever increasing threat presented by steam powered and armoured warships combined with the development of breech loading guns. The defence of Port Phillip and its principal port, Melbourne, is examined in relation to the international development of steam navies and corresponding advances in powerful coastal fortification.
Finally, during the late 19th Century there was a concerted Australasian attempt to establish independent control over defence issues while seeking to maintain the presence of Royal Naval warships in order to secure vital international sea lanes and inter-colonial coastal shipping routes.
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Port Phillip Forts Author: Keith Quinton
Hardcover 34cm x 28 cm (13 x 11 inches) 142 pages
Over 100 large format images (4-colour printing)
Within a decade of gold being discovered in Victoria, Australia, Melbourne became the Southern Hemisphere's richest city.
This book of photographs has an historical introductory explanation of the fortifications and developmental stages and visually records all surviving fortifications and locations (2009) and provides selected details on ordnance and purpose. It will also act as a guide to those who wish to explore the locations open to public access by including site maps and Google Earth location details.
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