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Bantry Bay Explosives Depot

Item details

Name of item: Bantry Bay Explosives Depot
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Defence
Category: Ordnance Store
Location: Lat: -33.776973 Long: 151.230168
Primary address: , Killarney Heights, NSW 2087
Local govt. area: Warringah
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT59 DP752038
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 Killarney HeightsWarringah  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Office of Environment and HeritageState Government26 Nov 98

Statement of significance:

Unique example of integrated handling and storage facilities for explosive materials.
Date significance updated: 23 Jan 08
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Construction years: 1915-
Physical description: Specialised industrial integrated complex designed for safe handling and cool storage of explosives. Main complex has magazines of different size and light variation in design detail but all with landing platform to tramway in excavated rock, double brick walls, parquet flooring (except fourteen and sixteen) and roofs to lift off under impact of explosion and with in built cooling systems watered from concrete dam. Some wharves covered to minimise heat exposure. Shed has a door to Harbour and a pontoon.
Current use: National Park
Former use: Explosives Depot


Historical notes: The Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine Complex was established in 1908 following advice from the
"Report of the Committee of Inquiry" that explosives stored in Powder Magazines and Hulks in Middle
Harbour should be moved to a location less susceptible to explosions (Latona Masterman &
Associates, 1982). A total of 701 acres and 2 roads were allocated to for the storage facility. Work
commenced in 1910 and in 1915 the new magazines at Bantry Bay were declared "Public Magazines"
(Latona Masterman & Associates, 1982). Figure illustrates the location of the Magazine Complex.
The Bantry Bay Complex was extremely well designed, with tram tracks linking the recessed nine (9)
magazines to the Major Receiving Magazine and jettys on the waterfront (Latona Masterman &
Associates, 1982). During its time of operation, the complex was a highly specialised and industrious
port facility, utilising a variety of boats and specialist hand trolleys to transport goods between the
boats and the magazines (Latona Masterman & Associates, 1982).
The event of new technologies and resident pressure eventuated the official announcement of the
closure of the Bantry Bay facility in June 1972. The Complex was closed in May 1974 and
incorporated into the Davidson Park State Recreation Area. In 1992 Davison State Recreation Area
was subsequently incorporated into Garigal National Park. Since operations have ceased at Bantry
Bay, the care and maintenance of the buildings has been a major problem (Latona Masterman &
Associates, 1982).
Shortly after being included in Garigal National Park, a major stabilisation program was undertaken on
the western seawall, but there were insufficient funds to complete the work (NPWS, 1998). Most of
the buildings are in relatively sound condition, but have been subject to vandalism, and most the
fittings have been removed (NPWS 1998).

From: Bantry Bay Conservation Managment Plan Draft - Graham Brooks & Associates, Taylor Brammer landscape Architects, Mary Dallas Consulting Archaeologists.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Defence-Activities associated with defending places from hostile takeover and occupation Making and supplying ordinance-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0097702 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
National Parks & Wildlife Service Section 170 Register  National Parks & Wildlife Service  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Bantry Bay Explosives Depot View detail
TourismTourism NSW2007Garigal National Park View detail

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Data source

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Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5014103

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