1860 – 1870: Fortifications

After the Crimean War people in Sandridge had a great fear of Russian invasion. A considerable amount of energy and money went into building coastal defenses in both Williamstown and Sandridge. From the sugar works on the shore of the Lagoon to St Kilda a line of batteries were built to allow for guns to defend against attack from the sea.

This map in the State Library of Victoria shows the plan for these defences and incidentally gives a picture of other infrastructure along the Sandridge sea-front.

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