Stubbert’s Point on the north side of Sydney Harbour has a commanding view of the harbor and stood as a natural location for a defensive fortification. A gun was placed here during World War I, and an anti-submarine net also ran from the location to the South Bar.
The current ruins are the remains of a gun emplacement constructed in the lead-up to World War II. The site was one of seven gun batteries that encircled the Sydney Harbour and featured three spotlight emplacements. There were also two six-pounder Hotchkiss guns on location.
The gun was manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the course of the war. Four years after hostilities came to an end, Stubbert’s Point Battery was dismantled and left for nature to reclaim.
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Two of the other seven gun batteries that comprised Sydney Harbour's defenses during WWII have been converted into museums. The new Atlantic Memorial Park, which holds the restored Chapel Point battery is just east of Stubbert's Point along the shoreline.