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  A lousy picture, but a lovely park!
by seamandrew

When former Governor Sorell arrived in Hobart in 1817, he found the town defenseless, and ordered the construction on Battery Point of the Mulgrave Battery. Hastily built, it was described as 'a poor pitifiul mud fort', armed with old and decrepit ships' guns and with poor visibility over the Derwent.
Governor Franklin, arriving in 1836, found the town still defenseless and after a panic in 1841 when French and American whaling ships visited Hobart (England's enemies at the time), another battery was begun. The Prince of Wales Battery, mounted with ten guns was completed behind the Mulgrave Battery also poorly sited, with limited visibility and vulnerable to enemy fire from the side.
In 1854, with the Crimean War alert, the Albert Battery was built behind the Prince of Wales Battery. Following tradition, it too was poorly sited and poorly equipped.
Both batteries were condemened in 1878 and dismantled. There is no record of what happened to the guns but in 1882 the Battery Reserve was handed over to the City Council as a recreation ground.
In spite of considerable work and expense Hobart was effectively defenseless throughout this period. Ironically, the only time the port was ever of any foreign interest was before the town was founded.
Today Princes Park is a lovely park with a great view of the water and it's sloping landscape is an excellent place to sit back and relax.

Directions: At Battery Point.
Website: http://www.hobartcity.com.au/

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  • Written Sep 5, 2004
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