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This sign is at Point Nepean on the far southern end of the Mornington Peninsula.
Point Nepean was a quarantine area mainly in the 19th century (but continued operation till 1980) and defence area - 1878 to just after World War II..
(It was known as Fort Nepean from World War I.)
According to the sign, the first British shot of World War I was fired here over a German steamer Pfalz soon after news of war reached Australia at about noon on 5th August 1914. It was an attempt to stop the steamer leaving the bay.
The steamer stopped, turned round and the crew were interned.
Later, this same ship became the Australian troopship Boorara.
A fearful fascination
For the grave horrors
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