Gibralter of the South: the Evolution of the Victorian Defences 1851-1945
Buildings at Fort Queenscliff, erected in the 1880s development.
The most recent edition of the Victorian Historical Journal, Volume 83 No 1, published by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, has an article written by Bob Marmion who gives an overview of Victoria's history of local defence, and also mentions the Defence Sites Survey of Port Phillip Heads from 2005 to 2010, conducted by himself and marine archaeologist Dr Brad Duncan. Marmion argues that 'even though Victoria lacked a truly effective defence scheme throughout most of its colonial life, after 1883 the foundations were laid for a comprehensive and effective national defence scheme in the post-Federation era'.
I have created a number of local history projects for which you will find links on this blog. I am a community historian (ie, not paid) living in Essendon. The content of my Empire Called database (see the link to the PBWorks website) is the result of nearly 25 years' research. I began collecting material for the database of local WW1 volunteers in the early 1990s, beginning with hand transcriptions of Honour Boards in local schools, churches, clubs and so on. It was after this that the National Archives of Australia began making digitised service records available online, followed by the Australian War Memorial uploading Embarkation Rolls of the Australian Imperial Force. The Empire Called blog is a companion for the PBWorks website of the same name.
Time Travellers in Essendon and Flemington is set up in the same way, with a website and a blog to report additions to the website. The website is a vehicle to publish longer pieces of research that are too long for newsletters. It also includes various indexes I have worked on for many years, plus photos from various sources which I date and describe in greater detail. You may find something of use for your research.