Mount Pleasant at an elevation of 663 metres, is another lovely Canberra lookout!
Yesterday, Joseph and I took a drive up and spent some time reading the informative boards there on the significance of the location. The Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery National Memorial which is situated here, is dedicated to the memory of gunners, of all ranks, who gave their lives in the service of this nation.
The Memorial’s stone wall perimeter symbolizes the early forts, most hewn from locally quarried stone, that defended many of Australia’s colony ports. Recessed into this wall are eight commemorative panels (battle tablets) describing the conflicts in which Australian gunners served. I was surprised to see both Malaya and Malaysia listed and have told myself that I will have to research this more. Perhaps, a visit to the Australian War Memorial is due.
Two 64-pounder RML Mark III guns (numbers 407 and 398), manufactured in the 1870s and originally part of Sydney’s harbour defenses at Middle Head flank the central plinth. The supporting timber gun carriages (replicas of the original carriages likely relocated during the 1950s), are believed to be mounted on a traversing timber platform, similar to that on the left, which was typical of coastal batteries constructed during this era.
The Memorial site, atop Mount Pleasant was selected for its historical significance as a designated saluting location. In a marriage of tradition and modernity, gun salutes continue to be fired from the Memorial to this day. How cool is that?
Mount Pleasant lookout is located at General Bridges Drive, off Fairbairn Avenue, Duntroon, Canberra 2600. Get directions here.