Upcoming First Shot Event. August 5th, 2014

Whitewater is proud to be associated with the First Shot Commemorative event.

The First Shot Committee is hosting a commemorative event at Point Nepean on August 5th, 2014, which will acknowledge the centenary of the beginning of WW1 with a reenactment of the First Shot from a Howitzer canon at the fort.

This is a major public event which will begin four years of World War 1 commemorations in Australia.

Please visit the First Shot website if you would like to register your interest in attending.

gun crew

The Point Nepean duty when the shot was fired.

From the First Shot Website:

Between 2014 and 2018, Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in World War 1. The first shot in the the British Empire was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement No.6 at Fort Nepean, Portsea, Victoria on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared in London.

The shot was fired in order to prevent the German merchant vessel SS Pfalz from escaping Port Phillip to the open seas. The shot was successful – the Pfalz surrendered.

To acknowledge the significance of this historic occasion, a special commemoration open to all Australians is to be conducted at the Parade Ground at the former Officer Cadet School within the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean National Park.

This event will be the very first of many commemorations to be held all around the world in those countries that comprised the former British Empire. The anniversary will coincide with the opening of conservation and visitor access improvements at Fort Nepean that will enhance the telling of Point Nepean’s war time heritage stories.

 

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