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World War II Radar Station Number 17

Item details

Name of item: World War II Radar Station Number 17
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Defence
Category: Defence Radar Station
Primary address: Burri Point Road, Guerilla Bay, NSW 2536
Local govt. area: Eurobodalla
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Burri Point RoadGuerilla BayEurobodalla  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Situated on one of the most prominent points of the region these installations have regional significance historically for their part in the defence radar operations carried out on the NSW coastline during the latter period of WWII. While little remains of the total radar installation, the remnants have regional significance scientifically for their potential to reveal information which could contribute to a greater understanding of the scale of such operations and the processes involved in relaying information from the South Coast to central headquarters in the mid 20th century.
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Designer/Maker: RAAF
Builder/Maker: RAAF
Construction years: 1943-
Physical description: Reinforced concrete barrel vaults with timber framed openings and timber finial . Concrete floor with markings. Plaque affixed to one of structures.
Further information: New concrete infill to floor slab.


Historical notes: The Number 17 Radar Station became operational in April 1943 and ceased operation on 21 January 1945. Two concrete structures which housed generators supplying power to the radar installation with remains of other concrete structures. The site has not been mapped or investigated. Most of the remains lie within the Burrewarra Point Reserve, with others within nearby private properties. On 20 April 1996 members of the RAAF Association (NSW) Radar Branch affixed a commemorative plaque to one of the structures. Burrewarra Point Reserve forms part of the Guerilla Bay-Burrewarra Point Area listed in the Register of the National Trust. It is one of the few WWII defence sites within Eurobodalla. A model of the radar installation is held by the Moruya and District Historical Society. Strong wartime social links are recorded with the communities at Mogo and Moruya, including the use of historic places of entertainment (eg the Amusu Theatre in Moruya, 80 Vulcan Street, Moruya).


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanEurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 1999 10 May 02 No.852817
Local Environmental PlanEurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012I9720 Jul 12 No.783419
Heritage study GUER/R00101 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Eurobodalla Heritage Study1997GUER/R001The EJE GroupEJE No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral HistoryHugh Southon, Guerilla Bay.  

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Database number: 1550069

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