Fortress Newcastle Project – Final Report

Fortress Newcastle Team Harbour Cruise on the William IV (25 June 2022)
Fortress Newcastle Team Harbour Cruise on the William IV (25 June 2022)

Fortress Newcastle – Final Report

To everyone who assisted with executing the Fortress Newcastle Project,

This is our final Fortress Newcastle Project report.

A very pleasant luncheon and harbour cruise aboard William The Fourth was a fitting celebration of our successful exhibition at Fort Scratchley. See photograph above.


The Exhibition

The exhibition is now available to travel to any suitable location you may suggest. The Fortress Newcastle Acquittal Report below contains a catalogue of all components of the exhibition. A small group of the panels is on display at Delprat’s Cottage and you are all welcome to come to the cottage at any time (when we are there) to discuss using the exhibition at other venues.


Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
Saluting Their Service’ Grant Acquittal

We have now expended all grant funds and I have completed acquittal of the DVA grant. Click the link for our brief report and other attachments.

Fortress Newcastle DVA Aquittal Report 28 June 2022 (1.9MB PDF File)


The Objectives

When we established the project we set the following main objectives:

  1. To research all aspects of the civil, military and war production efforts of the Hunter Region during World War II.
  2. To produce multi-media presentations of the researched data and present this at an event and exhibition at a venue such as Fort Scratchley, to business stakeholders and the public.
  3. To encourage preservation, development and interpretive signage of all remaining Fortress Newcastle sites.


The Fortress Trail

There has been some discussion about item 3 and the implementation of the ‘Fortress Trail’. Review the Fortress Trail film below:

It is proposed that we hold a meeting of interested stakeholders with a view of preparing a strategic plan to advance item 3 and the Trail.

If you are interested in joining a small team to meet and discuss this, or if you support us doing it, can you advise so that a suitable meeting date can be arranged.

Final Thanks

Finally I wish to thank again each of you for helping in many ways, this project was very satisfying for many people and has renewed interest in our WWII history.


Bob Cook
Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association Inc.
P: 0419241731

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