NSW Governor visits historic Fort Scratchley during Hunter tour

General David Hurley, Governor of NSW, spent more than 40 years in the military but he had never visited Newcastle’s Fort Scratchley until Tuesday. 

Hurley had been on a tour of the Hunter in recent days and decided to visit the city’s former defence installation before an evening engagement.

A previous chat with one of Fort Sratchley’s officials had put the visit on the Governor’s agenda. 

“It’s a great old place, it’s well worth people to come in and have a look at,” Mr Hurley said. 

“You can see there is a lot of love and care that goes into the place to maintain it and keep a lot of the traditions here. This fort goes back to the 1790s, so its very much a part of Australia’s colonial history.” 

About 20 of the historic site’s volunteers were on hand for the Governor’s visit, which involved a tour of part of the tunnel complex, museum inspection and firing of the No. 2 Mark V11 Gun.