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TIMARU COASTAL DEFENCE BATTERY
85 Battery, 11 (Heavy) Coast Regiment NZA  Timaru 1942 - 1944

TIMARU HARBOUR DEFENCE BATTERY, SMITHFIELD

ANTI TANK DITCH
Seadown
PUBLIC AIR RAID SHELTERS
Turnbull Street
ARMY AMMUNITION DEPOT
Fairlie

 
TIMARU HARBOUR DEFENCE BATTERY, SMITHFIELD
A view of the two gun battery position looking from the harbour side. The gun shelters (Colchester type) looking from the northern side
 
No 1 gun shelter, now converted into a water storage tank
 
No 2 gun shelter, now used for storage, the gun pedestal still visible
TIMARU BATTERY OBSERVATION POST (BOP)
Three views of the Timaru battery cliff top Observation Post
THE BATTERY MAGAZINE
The Battery Magazine is just through the gate near the truck wash and like No1 gun is now also a reservoir

History of Timaru Coastal Defences:

Fort Record Book

TIMARU 85 Heavy Battery NZA

Located on the property of th NZ Refrigirating Co Ltd
(Now Smithfield Alliance Group Ltd)
To Download Battery Plan (1944)

Guns: Two 6" BL Wire Mark VII Naval guns fitted with auto sights
(sights manufactured by Dept of Scientific Research)
Mounting:  P111
Gun Nos: 1506 & 2095
No 1 gun mounted (1506) 16 July 1942. Shifted to no 2 gun position 5 Nov 1942.
Second gun (2095) mounted in No1 gun possition 11 Feb 1943
Max Range: 14000 yds
Effective Range: 10000 yds
Gun crew: 10

 Proofing
3 rds each gun full charge
24 rds each & half charge

Magazine Stocktake (May 1943)
 
Shell: BL 6" MkXXVII HE (TNT) 516 rds
          
BL 6" Practice 260 (101 lb approx)
Cartridge: BL 6" Cordite  1400brds
Fuzes: 200
Per cussion tubes: 227
Gun first line: (in lockers)  140 rds HE plus 10 smoke
Time of flight: 37 seconds for max range of 14300 yds

Range Finder
Bar & Stroud Rangefinder 9'

 Small Arms
LMG BREN MkI x1  (1 x tripod)
Pistol Revolver Tranter .455
Rifle .303 No I MIII* w/bayonets

SAA Ammo
7000 rds .303 ball
24 rds .455 pistol

No AA defences

ROLE
Anti invasion & denial of the Port of Timaru to the enemy
Secondry role: mine disposal

HISTORY
Approved:
21 May 1942
Construction Commenced: 3 July 1942
Gun mounted: July 1942
Manned: 1 Offr & 20 OR's 16 July 1942
Establishment: 2 Ofr & 42 OR's
Operational: 16 July 1942
(
Camp construction commenced 8 Aug 1942, completed Oct 1942.)

Reverted to care and Maintenance: Oct 1943
All operations of Care & Maintenance ceased in August 1944
Guns removed: 8 Feb 1945

Authors Note: No 2 gun shelter probably would be the best and most intact gun shelter of the Colchester type I have seen, probably because of its location. It has been subject to no vandalism and is completely intact.  Considering its 60+ years it looks remarkably new.

NZ Archives CAWQ Ch540 3.11
Fort Record Book Heavy Battery NZA Timaru

 
Status & Access: The Battery is largely intact but on private property. Permission should be sought from Smithfield Alliance Group to gain access. The BOP is accessible via the public beachfront walkway off Smithfield Road. The camp no longer exists but some sign remains.
References:
** Archives NZ Fort Record Book 85th Coast Battery NZA  CAWQ CH540 3.11 Timaru
 

ANTI TANK DITCH
Seadown
Looking along the line of the anti tank ditch. Looking north towards Temuka and some remains of the original anti tank ditch. Looking south along the line of the anti tank ditch. The stop bank is a modern drainage ditch

Status & Access: Very little sign remains of the original ditch. Access is via Beach Road from Seadown.


PUBLIC AIR RAID SHELTERS
Turnbull Street
The remains of the public air raid shelters dug into the clay cliff on Turnbull Street opposite the railway station.

Status & Access: Access is denied but can be view from the footpath directly behind the Railway Station.


ARMY AMMUNITION DEPOT
Fairlie
(Photos Sep 07)
Ammo Depot Office APB (Ammunition Proof Building) Ammunition Magazines

Status & Access: Fairlie Ammunition Depot is on private land and permission to visit must be obtained from the landowners to visit.
                             


Coastal Defence Links

Godley Head
Fortress Area
Timaru Coastal
Defence
Mt Pleasant AA Battery Battery Point
Lyttelton
Cobden Battery
 (Greymouth)
Port Hills Defences Cape Wanbrow
(Oamaru)
Other WWII
Defence Installations

Canterbury & the
West Cost
Miscellaneous Fortifications
Other Provinces
Pre WWII Defences
Akaroa (Wainui)
Battery
Westport
Battery
     

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