RAN STATION 301
PORT WAR SIGNAL STATION
NEWCASTLE, NSW
DURING WWII

 

RAN Station 301, Port War Signal Station was built in September 1939 on Nobby’s Head on the landward section of the southern breakwater of Newcastle Harbour.  The Port War Signal Station guarded the entrance to the Newcastle harbour and identified shipping coming and going.

The Nobby’s Head facility had problems with communications with the Shepherd’s Hill Complex and prior to the communications problems being rectified the Port War Signal Station (RAN Station 301) was relocated to the Shepherd’s Hill Complex on 20 May 1940. Another source stated that this happened on 15 May 1940.

RAN Station 301 remained in operation at the Shepherd’s Hill Complex until 20 November 1944 when the port of Newcastle was declared no longer a defended port.

 

VAOC Post Nobby's Head

Shepherd's Hill RAAF Radar

Searchlights at Nobby's Head

Australian Army Radar Nobby's Head

Twin 6 Pounder Emplacement Nobby's Head

Rail Section 3 Pounder Guns Nobby's Head Breakwater

RAN 302 Indicator Loop and Controlled Mining Station Newcastle

 

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This page first produced 30 May 2007

This page last updated 28 October 2016