1985 - Now

1985 - Now

1993 Audio

The Rotary Club of Wollongong Central (known as Rotary Illawarra Sunrise) communicated with Wollongong City Council to take over the fort as a service project and has looked after it with volunteers and a "Work for the Dole" project for the last 12 years.

Smiths Hill Fort Smiths Hill Fort
Smiths Hill Fort Smiths Hill Fort
1990-1 Audio

NSW State Heritage Committee proclaimed Smith's Hill Fort as part of the State's Heritage.

Smith's Hill Fort is part of the State's Heritage

Stewart West, Federal Member for Cunningham officially opened the restored Smith's Hill FortNovember - Workers had removed all the soil and boiler ash. The concrete over the entrance to the underground rooms was broken and removed. The cannons were lifted by crane back into place.

18th December - Stewart West, Federal Member for Cunningham officially opened the restored Smith's Hill Fort. He said 'Australia's cultural heritage, like our beautiful environmental heritage, must be protected and preserved.' There was a colonial re-enactment (role play) with firing, brass band and soldiers in dress.

1988 Audio

 

 

 

1987 Audio

Restoration of the cannons by first year apprentices at Ordnance Factory of Bendigo was finished. After 14 months the cannons were bought back and stored in Wollongong City Council's works depot (warehouse).