Illowra Battery

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Illowra Battery was an Australian Army coastal battery at Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia, during World War II. It was also known as Hill 60 Battery.[1]

History[edit]

Section post and No. 2 BL 6 inch Mk XI gun, October 1944 and No. 2 position today
No. 1 gun, October 1944 and as it appears today with former gun shield still present

The Australian Army took over occupation of the Hill 60 area and the Aboriginal people living there were forcibly removed from the land and were never permitted to return to the Hill.[1][2]

Two large gun emplacements were constructed, housing BL 6 inch Mk XI guns and their shields held in storage from the decommissioned World War I cruisers HMAS Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Two large tunnels were built and are steep in descent and have a small gauge tramway used for hauling shells to the guns located at the 2 gun emplacements.

One of the other tunnels, this time looking downwards with another corridor to the left leading into the bunker complex

A concrete bunker is connected to the underground tunnel system.

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Coordinates: 34°29′29.43″S 150°54′58.30″E / 34.4915083°S 150.9161944°E / -34.4915083; 150.9161944