One of the Port
Moresby Gun Batteries. This battery was initially set up
on the shores of Kila Bay, than
moved to higher ground of Stokes Ridge (Maata Ridge) near Pari,
and finally, to a more permanent location at Drysdale
Built by the Australian Army as one of Port
Moresby "Letter" Gun Batteries to emplace a battery of 155mm M3 Carriage Guns.
The lower portion of the hillside has a circular concrete mount, and
an square concrete area, possibly for a support building or search
light. According to locals, there is another platform on a further
hill where there was a searchlight.
Hilltop Gun Pit
The top of the hill has a gun pit dug into the ground, and reinforced
with metal sheets to hold back the earth and metal posts for camouflage
over top. Its a crude emplacement, as it was later abandoned.
Some tent posts and encampment area are nearby.
Batteries by Reg Kidd & Ray Neal details the history of this gun battery
Coastal Gun Batteries of Port Moresby - Then & Now by John Douglas
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February 4, 2018