Bantry Bay Explosives Depot

Perhaps my last post of the year, like the new years eve fireworks I’ve decided to end 2015 with a bang.

This hidden gem is the Bantry Bay Explosives Depot. Bantry Bay was a popular recreational area from about the 1840s but much to public dismay it was taken over by the government in 1907 to build this facility to replace the existing storage facility at Powder Hulk Bay. It began construction in 1910 and by 1915 the magazines were declared open (or “made public”).

There were/are nine specially designed “magazines” that were used to store #military #explosives between 1910 and 1974. It’s specially designed buildings included an integrated cooling system using water from a concrete dam, double brick walls and special roofs designed to lift off in case of an explosion. There was also a small tram network linking the buildings to each other.

The depot is hidden away in the #Garigal National Park near Killarney Heights. In the last few years works have been taking place to restore the roofs of the magazines. It currently remains closed to the public due to old explosive contamination but can be seen via a casual canoe paddle in Bantry Bay or, as in this photo, via a 30 minute walk down the hill on a track from behind #Seaforth Oval on the opposite side of Bantry Bay.

I love these secret stories about #Sydney’s past. If you have any you’d like to share please use the tag #historyofsydney.

Note: I try to be as accurate as possible but make no guarantees. Please use this information at your own risk.

#bantrybay #wwi #wwii #ammunition #munitions #garigalnationalpark #killarneyheights #sydney #australiagram #australia

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantry_Bay_(New_South_Wales) http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?id=5014103
Bantry Bay Explosives Depot

2 Comments

    • Admin said:

      Wow thanks for that Mitch. It is a shame but I guess it costs a bit of money to upkeep. I certainly like discovering these hidden gems and it sounds like you do too :)

      January 1, 2017
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