Colour Photograph: Fort Jervois, Ripapa Island, Lyttelton, 1997

Joan Woodward
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One landscape colour photograph taken in 1997 showing the entrance to Fort Jervois, Ripapa Island, Lyttelton Harbour.
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Dimensions (HxW) Inches: 4 x 6" (101.6 x 152.4mm)
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Fort Jervois, on Ripapa Island in Lyttelton Harbour, was built in 1886 as part of a coastal defence scheme instigated following the previous year's ‘Russian Scare'. The fort was used by the army until the end of the Second World War. This 1997 photograph shows the fort's entrance and brick revetments.
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This is at Ripapa Island, Lyttelton Harbour. Sir William Jervois was a military engineer who in 1877 was asked to survey and make recommendations on the location of harbour defences in Australia and New Zealand. He was Governor first in the Straits Settlements in Malaya, then South Australia and finally became Governor in New Zealand from 1882 - 1889. His name like so many English name was not pronounced as it is spelt. It was pronounced 'Jarvis'

- Lex Calder

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