GENTLE ANNIE /
SPION KOPJE


Grid Reference GA: CT 947988
SK: CU 984026
Department DEPI
Work Depot Noojee
Region Gippsland
Grading ?
Elevation (ASL) GA: 686m
SK: 860m
Height GA: 18m
SK: 0.5m
Construction Timber
Cabin size ?
Public access to site Yes
In use since GA: 19?? - 1955
SK: 1955 - 1976
CFA Region 9 - Eastern
Photo by Andre Belterman, taken in December 2000 at Spion Kopje site
Information supplied by Bluye Smythe (see also Mt. Toorongo)

Gentle Annie was a wooden tower and about 18m high. Operations were moved to Spion Kopje in 1955. Spion Kopje is a bare rocky knob so only the cabin was built around the Trig Point. Spion Kopje last operated in about 1976.

Information below was found in notes supplied by David Bannear
A temporary tower was erected in February 1969 at North Hells Gate, NW of Neerim South (grid ref.: CT 999 975), to test that site as a possible alternative to Spion Kopje but this site gave only restricted visibility and the plan was abandoned.
A quote was submitted for a the hire of scaffolding for a 18m tower in October 1976. No further correspondence was found.

Above prints of Spion Kopje were scanned from a photocopy, supplied by David Bannear.


Spion Kpje derelict in 19??
Photo by Chris Donnely
Timber remainsof Spion Kopje
in bush nearby
Photo by Andre Belterman


Gentle Annie in 1955, supplied by David Morley. David's father is trying to climb the cross brace as the bottom of the ladder was removed. However he realised the structure was quite rotten and didnít continue any further!


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