Fort Denison, Sydney

By John L. Lavettt, published May 1953


The Aborigines knew it as Mattewai or Mattenwaya, but the colonists named it Pinchgut, because Governor Phillip used it as an isolation prison. Its potential for defence was obvious, but no action was taken until the mid-nineteenth century. Named after Governor Sir William Denison, the fort has the only Martello Tower in Australia, and survives as a historic landmark.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Miscellaneous

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