The event commemorated the firing of the first shot in the British Empire in WWI which occurred on 5 August 1914 when Gun Emplacement No 6 at Fort Nepean fired a shot across the bows of the German merchant ship SS Pfalz to prevent her from escaping from Port Phillip Bay to the open seas shortly after war was declared.
The shot was successful - the Pfalz surrendered. The round fired from Fort
Nepean's Gun Emplacement No 6, just three hours and forty five minutes after
war was declared in London, was the very first shot fired in the entire British
Empire in WWI - the first of all the hundreds of millions of rounds of all calibres
that were subsequently fired over the next four years and four months until war
ended on 11 November 1918.
The commemoration was supported by the Federal Government, the Victorian
State Government and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and was allocated funding and resources from each. It was also supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Parks Victoria, the ADF and the Sorrento-Portsea RSL who all had representatives on the organising committee which was organising the event.
Parade ground, old OCS Portsea, Point Nepean, Victoria
Point Nepean National Park
5th August, 2014 — 11:00am-1:30pm