Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address 349 Military Road SEMAPHORE PARK
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Charles Sturt Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Fort Glanville, Fort Glanville Conservation Park
Registered Name Fort Glanville
Significance Fort Glanville is the earliest defence work of any consequence erected in South Australia and one of two 19th century forts built in the State. It was erected in order to allay fears that the Colony could be attacked by the Czarist Russian fleet. Begun in 1878, the fort was completed and the Battery fired for the first time in 1880. Together with Fort Largs (1884: registered place 10939), it formed part of an overall defence scheme to combat the perceived threat of foreign attack, particularly Russian. Fort Glanville remained a strategic defence installation until 1889 when Fort Largs received improved ordnance. Fort Glanville is also nationally significant for its association with Major General Sir WFD Jervois RE and Lt Colonel PH Scratchley RE, who were leading British defence experts who had a tremendous impact upon defence thinking throughout Australia in the latter part of the nineteenth century. When built Fort Glanville was considered to be a 'State-of-the-Art' coastal fortification and it retains a high degree of integrity, remaining as one of the least altered of all the Jervois/Scratchley designed forts in Australia. Fort Glanville also retains the original, and now rare, ordnance for which it was designed, unlike most other forts in Australia. (Derived from Fort Glanville Conservation Park Management Plan 1988)
Subject Index Military - Fortification; Military - Gun Emplacement
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 24-JUL-1980
LGA Charles Sturt
State Heritage ID 10569
Heritage Number 9258
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 6221/911 F215778 A97,CT 6221/912 F215778 A97


While due care has been taken to ensure that the SA Heritage Places Database accurately reflects the South Australian Heritage Register and listings of Local Heritage Places in Development Plans, the State of South Australia does not accept liability for the use of the SA Heritage Database for any purpose. Users should consult the Department for Environment and Water - Heritage South Australia to confirm the listing of State Heritage Places and the relevant Development Plan for Local Heritage Places/Contributory Items.

In the majority of cases, the maps of State Heritage Places on this web site show the footprints of the most significant structures on a registered Place. However, sometimes they simply indicate the complete area of land comprising the Place. Work is proceeding to further refine the mapping of such places. It is also important to note that development control is not limited to the registered structures but extends to their setting and structures nearby (what is termed ‘development affecting’ a State Heritage Place). Hence it is vital that exact details of the listed place and implications for any proposed development be discussed with Heritage South Australia staff, as they cannot be deduced solely from the information on this web site. The inclusion of a place in the SA Heritage Register gives no right of public access. Permission to visit properties must be sought from the owners. The accuracy of the mapping of State Heritage Places is not guaranteed. Please contact Heritage SA ( https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/sa-heritage-register) if you believe there is an error.

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