Queen Victoria Regina Cypher Engraving
Queen Victoria was known to British settlers in Australia as a figure of strength that empowered the colonial states of Australia to govern themselves into a new era.
On 23 August 1870 the last of the British troops departed Sydney Harbour and the colony was forced to implement strategies to maintain its own defences.
As part of the ‘Denison Plan’ to protect Sydney Harbour the Bradleys Head Battery was constructed and completed in the year 1871.
This construction was conducted under the supervision of Colonial Architect James Barnet who designed and oversaw multiple fortifications within Sydney Harbour during this time.
As a result, Bradleys Head Battery was set to protect Sydney Harbour with 3 smooth-bored muzzle loading 68 pounder guns which were situated in their gun emplacements with adjoining trenches, tunnels and powder magazines.
The Queen Victoria Regina Cypher seen in this image is engraved into the southern wall of one of the gun emplacements at Bradleys Head Battery to serve as a reminder to the Australian colony of Queen Victoria’s monarchy and Australia’s sovereignty to the British Empire.
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