THE "BIG GUN"
AT 2922 LOGAN ROAD, SPRINGWOOD,
USED DURING WW2
|visits since 11 September 2005|
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The Logan City Council web site describes the "Big Gun" at 2922 Logan Road, Springwood, as a 155mm field gun which had a range of almost 30kms. It indicates that some of these guns were placed in strategic positions such as Moreton Island and the mouth of the river. Bernie Smallwood purchased five of these guns in 1958. Four were cut up for scrap, but one was kept and could be seen in Bernie's wrecking yard at Springwood as you drove to the Gold Coast. Bruno Laspina started “The Big Gun Fruit Mart” in 1972 near Bernie Smallwood's original wrecker’s yard. The 7 ton gun was hoisted onto the roof of the fruit mart. The complex was redeveloped in about 2004 and the gun is now positioned on its own special stand sitting high for all the see.
I have heard another story that suggests that the "Big Gun" on Logan Road is one of the guns from the Forts at Magnetic Island. I have never been able to confirm this.
Chris Peters thought that the "Big Gun" near the intersection with Kingston Road, used to be one of about 12 anti-aircraft guns positioned on top of Mount Gravatt during the war years. There were never any anti-aircraft guns on Mount Gravatt. There was only ever searchlights on top of Mount Gravatt.
"Big Gun" at Springwood
from Magnetic Island?
I'd like to thank Ray Denning (now deceased), then President of the Mt. Gravatt District Historical Association for his assistance with this home page. I'd also like to thank Chris Peters from Charters Towers for his assistance with this home page.
I'd also like to thank Mrs Bainbridge and Russell Miller for their assistance with this web page.
© Peter Dunn 2005
This page first produced 11 September 2005
This page last updated 22 February 2009