The first shot

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The first shot

The First Shot


Tuesday 5 August 2014, 11am – 1:30pm


The first shot by the British Empire in WWI was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement No.6 at Fort Nepean, Portsea, Victoria on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared in London. The shot was fired in order to prevent the German merchant vessel SS Pfalz from escaping Port Phillip to the open seas. The shot was successful – the Pfalz surrendered.


To acknowledge the significance of this historic occasion, a special commemoration open to all Australians was conducted at the Parade Ground at the former Officer Cadet School within the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean National Park. This event was the very first of many commemorations in those countries that comprised the former British Empire.


Learn more about this very special event here -


Read a story about the First Shot Committee from the MP News here.


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The first shot