In 1903 the Australian federal government offered obsolete military hardware to regional councils such as Richmond Borough Council for commemorative purposes. In 1905 council decided to accept the cannons and to place them on either side of the timber grandstand overlooking the cricket oval known as The Pavilion. A plaque was to be attached to each explaining the significance as a memorial t0 soldiers who died in the Boer War in South Africa. By 1933 the community had long forgotten the origin of the mounted cannons and they were deemed by council to be of ‘no sentimental value to the town as they had come from Wollongong’. The decision was made to remove the brass plaques and bury the cannons where they lay due to the deterioration of the timber carriages which supported the heavy iron objects. The fate of the plaques is unknown.
They were manufactured in 1855 by Low Moor Iron Company in Bradford Yorkshire, England and were once located in Sydney as part of the harbour defences before being removed to Wollongong in 1884. Then in the mid 1970s, well-known Hawkesbury identity and antique dealer Alex Hendrikson became firmly convinced that somewhere in Richmond Park two cannons had been buried for unknown reasons over 50 years ago. After several fruitless searches Hendrikson enlisted the support of Richmond local Henry Gascoigne and Eric Ridgeway of Wilberforce who commenced a survey of the site using a metal detector. Potential sites were identified and excavation commenced with the assistance of Hawkesbury City Council. Finally both of the cannons were unearthed in February 1985. They were restored by No 2 Aircraft Depot RAAF Base Richmond and presented to council in 1988 and placed in their current positions on either side of the War Memorial on the East Market Street side of Richmond Park.
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