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Location: Sydney Harbour

Fort Denison

The Fort Denision was originaly named as Pinchgut and was used in the early colonial days as a prison holding for punished convicts. One of its grishly past involved exhibition of executed criminals used as a deterrent to budding criminals. For example, in 1796 a murderer by the name of Francis Morgan was executed and his body was displayed on a gibbet on the island's highest point. It must have a sight for sailors coming into the harbour.

Under Governor Denison the island was fortified between 1841 and 1857 during which a Martello tower was installed to increase the colony's security. A tidal gauge is still used today as it was in the 1880s when it was used to measure the ebb and flow or the Harbour waters.

For more information about available tours, visit the National Parks & Wildlife Service Homepage.

TIPS: Fort Denison has some of the best view of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Kiribilli. Watch out for the cannons being fired around 1pm each day.

To get to the island, you must join the National Parks & Wildlife Service tour which depart every day of the week from Circular Quay. Call 1300 36 1967 for more information.

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