Fort Ballance

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Fort Ballance
Location Point Gordon, Wellington
Coordinates 41°17′40.65″S 174°50′3.95″E / 41.2946250°S 174.8344306°E / -41.2946250; 174.8344306Coordinates: 41°17′40.65″S 174°50′3.95″E / 41.2946250°S 174.8344306°E / -41.2946250; 174.8344306
Built 1885
Designated 19 July 1990
Reference no. 5074

Fort Ballance is a coastal artillery battery in the Wellington suburb of Miramar, New Zealand.

Built in 1885 following fears of an impending war with Russia, Fort Ballance is one of the best preserved of a string of nineteenth century coastal defences constructed to protect New Zealand from a naval attack. In 1885, the Government, reluctantly acknowledging that they could not rely solely on Britain for protection, commissioned engineer Major Henry Cautley to design a series of fortifications to protect the country's main ports. The Fortress is listed as a Category I Historic Place.[1]

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  1. ^ "Fort Ballance (including associated positions at Fort Gordon)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 

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