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Defences of the Colony.
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1859. Foolscap folio, 37 pp.; printed on blue paper; protected in recent brown buckram. A scarce Government paper on the "Defence of the Town and Harbour of Sydney". Motivated chiefly by the memory of the Crimean War, the paper was a telling contribution to the then current policy of maintaining strong defences for the inner port of Sydney alone.With contributions from Governor Denison, the Admiralty, and military commanders, the document provides an insight into a period when New South Wales was taking increasing responsibility for its own defence, even though ultimate responsibility for the force still remained with the central authority of the Empire. The submission is furnished with letters of broad support from the governor of Tasmania, Sir Henry Young, highlighting the need for an increased British naval presence in all of the Australian colonies, as well as letters from the commodore in Sydney and the commandant at Victoria Barracks. The paper also details the construction of the defences of Port Jackson - the building of a battery at the Domain, and repairs and rearmament to Fort Denison, Fort Kirribilli, Dawes Battery and Fort Macquarie. A fine copy.
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