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George Furnell (stationed there in 1951 to 55):

“At the very top of NH is an old gun pit, running off it was a tunnel which eventually ended up in a large hallway capable of holding 50 or 60 men. It was like walking down a very steep ramp and it took quite a long time to get to the bottom.”

and Peter Eddy (Stationed 1950 to 1952):

“At the summit of the hill is an old gun pit, between the two existing entrances which run off the pit was a third entrance which went down a very steep ramp.”

The above two diagrams taken from what is known as the “Mitchell Report”, show basically what the summit tunnel complex was like in 1892 to 1904 (on the left) and on the right what it is like now.

You’ll note there used to be a 7” gun on the LH side (northern side) and this deeply hollowed out area shown in the 1942 photo above is the remains of it.  You can observe the encasement and end of the tunnel that led to this gun in the photo here with the arrows from “c” pointing to it, and  obviously I can’t say for sure, but “b” appears to be another opening  at a level below the “C” level. “A” also looks very much  like quite a large tunnel entrance into the main battery. The bottom arrow is just another possibility.

Peter Eddy’s account does sound very much like he probably was talking about the main battery as does George Furnell’s, but either of them could also be talking about this one  as they were at North Head  before the time this area was leveled with the claim of making it easier to mow.

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