RAN STATION 281
COMBINED SYDNEY PORT WAR SIGNAL STATION,
INDICATOR LOOP STATION,
NIGHT FIRE COMMAND
STATION, BATTERY OBSERVATION
POST AND RDF SCHOOL
An undated Department of Defence Minute Paper in late 1938 (possibly in September 1938) from the Secretary of the Naval Board read as follows:-
"The Minister for Defence approved on 30th June, 1938, of erection of a building at Sydney to be used as a Battery Observation Post and Night Fire Command Station in connection with the coast defence of that city."
"Incorporated in the amended design is a room for use of the R.A.N. as a Port War Signal Station and Indicator Loop Station."
"It is essential for the efficiency of the Station that the various activities be grouped and it is requested, in these circumstances, that Minister's approval for an expenditure of £286 upon the Navy share of the work be sought."
It was built on the site of the existing Battery Command Post and E.L.D. Station at South Head about 1/3 of a mile SSE from the Hornby Light.
The Sydney Port War Signal Station RAN 281 received a signal from the Naval Board on 12 October 1945 ordering the closing down of the PWSS.
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