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xxxCRIMEAN CANNONS - WHERE ARE THEY NOW?



Tasmania's two trophies are interesting because they are different from the Russian cannon elsewhere. On their trunnions they are marked as "Pushko-Karronad" so they are either a hybrid form of carronade or a gun-howitzer design. Nowadays one of them adorns the main gate at Anglesea barracks in Hobart. This gun Robins records as a carronade number 30139 of 1847, a 36pdr from the Alexandrovski Works directed by Butyenev.

The second gun is located in Launceston. Captured during the Crimean War, this cannon now resides on a slope in City Park. The Robins database records it as follows: number 26851 of 1840 a 36pdr from the Alexandrovski Works directed by Armstrong.

Launceston mayor, Henry Dowling, wrote a letter dated August 9, 1858 to the Secretary of War in London requesting that one of the victory trophies be sent to Launceston. He believed the exertions of the ladies of Launceston in aid of the Patriotic Relief Fund entitled the inhabitants of that city to a trophy.

Two trophy guns arrived in Hobart in January 1860, but Hobart Alderman Lipscombe was upset when 'favoured Launceston' was to have one. He maintained Hobart had a right to keep the two. However, one was placed in Hobart's Franklin Square while the other was shipped to Launceston, arriving in early April.

Weighing nearly three tons, the cannon was placed in the middle of Cameron Street outside the newly-opened Launceston Mechanics' Institute as part of its opening exhibition. The gun was moved from that dangerous and inconvenient spot to a council yard where it languished until 1862. The council discussed where it should be located and it was placed near the entrance to the Horticultural Gardens, which later became City Park.

In 1878 the council moved the gun again to a corner of the old Commissariat yard, prompting several letters to the newspapers, either supporting the removal or demanding its reinstatement. Some believed the gun was a 'barbarous relic of strife and bloodshed' and should not be on public display. Others felt that 'it ought to be held in high esteem and allowed a place of honour'.

The Russian gun was eventually returned to City Park to its present commanding position.

Illustrations - Carronade N30139 in Hobart (top) + Cyrillic script on a similar gun located in Launceston (Tasmania) together with a picture of same.




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FACILITIES

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LANDSCAPE

City Centre, Park or Garden

REGION

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THE FEATURES PRESENT

Crimean Cannon Location, past or present

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