Replica almost ready

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
A replica howitzer is being built for Point Peron reserve.
Camera IconA replica howitzer is being built for Point Peron reserve.

A replica World War II Howitzer gun being constructed to acknowledge Point Peron’s military history is near completion.

The 1917 replica gun will be an as-close-as-possible match to the original guns that were placed at Point Peron during WWII forming part of WA’s coastal defence.

The joint project between the Point Peron Restoration Committee and the Palm Beach Rotary Club’s community, arts and innovation committee, will help promote wider community recognition of the role Point Peron and Garden Island played in defence during WWII, celebrate the contribution of Returned and Service League members and their families, and attract increased local and international tourism from people interested in military history.

The artillery piece is being built by Adrian Watt in his metal fabrication workshop in Spearwood and is in its final stages of construction.

Palm Beach Rotary Club’s Laurie Smith said the replica gun cost more than $35,000 to build and would be 7m long when completed.

“If it hadn’t have been for COVID-19, the Howitzer would have been completed and in place by now,” he said.

“We are hoping to have it installed by Christmas.”

In July last year the City of Rockingham awarded a $10,000 community grant to the club for the project, which was matched by $10,000 from the Point Peron Rehabilitation Committee.

The $8000 wheels were donated by Caterpillar, while the axle was also donated by another party saving the club a considerable sum.

The World War II battery complex at Point Peron was also upgraded last to reflect its historical significance with the area surrounding the heritage-listed observation post resurfaced and new steps installed.

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