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Colonial defence arrangements

Arrangements for the colony's defence came under the Colonial Secretary, who was supported by a defence administration as well as small military and naval forces. Infrastructure intended to defend Adelaide comprised forts at Largs and Glanville, both located on the coast facing Gulf St Vincent; the Torpedo Station on Port River; and the cruiser HMCS Protector, which was in service from 1884. The Protector was transferred to the Commonwealth defence service in 1901.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL DEFENCE INHERITED BY THE COMMONWEALTH
Recorded by: Staff Office, Military Forces of South Australia
Fort record books – Fort Largs and Fort Malta, 1878–1958 AP69/1
Miscellaneous maps, documents, books and correspondence – Fort Largs and Fort Glanville, 1881–1961 AP161/1
Defence schemes by the Colonial Defence Committee, 1886–93 AP613/8
Annual returns of military and naval resources of South Australia, 1887–1914 AP613/6
Minute book – Defence Committee, South Australia, 1894–1901 AP39/1
Order and cost – Martini-Henri and .303 ammunition, 1898–1904 AP211/1
SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL DEFENCE
Sydney
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 446
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 447
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 448
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 449
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 455
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 457
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 458
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 459
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 460
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 461
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 462
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 463
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 464
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 465
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 466
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 467
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 468
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 469
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 470
Logbooks for HMAS Protector, 1884–1921 SP551/1, bundle 471
Fort Largs – extensions to site, 1907–12 D4212, SA1911/634
Fort Largs and Fort Glanville – records of historical interest, 1957–62 D844, 274/1/93
Adelaide
Port Adelaide torpedo station, 1916–29 A569, B1925/2573
Obsolete six-inch guns – Fort Largs, 1928–29 D845, 1928/48

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Chapter 6
Defence