Fort Lytton, Brisbane discussion
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Fort Lytton, Brisbane
For around 60 years Fort Lytton guarded the Brisbane River from river attack. Construction of the fort commenced in 1880 to protect the fledgling city of Brisbane. The Fort is a classical nineteenth century design, consisting of concrete re-enforced bunkers concealed beneath grassy embankments, all behind a deep moat. [Actually, for what it is worth, it looks a lot like Fort Mc Henry in Baltimore, an eighteenth century fort, so things did not change much in a hundred years!] The original fort design included four gun pits, however in the 1890's the fort defences were expanded to include an additional two pits, into which the original 64 pounders of the fort were moved. Until federation, the Fort was the main defence instillation of Queensland, and the volunteer defence force held annual encampments at the fort.