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New Military Barracks

The New Military Barracks provide an excellent and rare example of a pre-1850 fortified military compound. It was completed in 1837 in response to a need for greater protection of the soldiers from possible convict uprisings. It complex housed 164 soldiers and four sergeants, and contained a soldiers' barracks, officers' quarters, an ammunition magazine, a military hospital - used initially as a ballroom - and various outbuildings.


The New Military Barracks

The New Military Barracks are used today as Norfolk Island's administrative centre. The cannons flanking the central stairs are those from the ship "Sirius", which was sunk on the reef during the early days of the First Settlement.



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