Spike; unknown; BMHC_14145


Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre



About this object

Hand forged iron spike or large nail. Part of the tip has been lost to corrosion.
Found with the aid of a metal detector on the site of the artillery battery at 'Fort Cormiston' Brownfield Lane, Riverside, Tasmania.



Maker Role



19th Century

Medium and Materials

metal (iron)


147mm (l) x 19mm(w( (at head)

Subject and Association Keywords

military training camps

Subject and Association Keywords

Cormiston, Tasmania, Australia

Subject and Association Keywords

Riverside, Tasmania, Australia

Subject and Association Keywords

Tamar River, Tasmania

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

batteries, (platforms)

Subject and Association Keywords

nails (fasteners)

Subject and Association Keywords

rail (transit system elements)

Subject and Association Description

The artillery battery, 'Fort Cormiston', on the western side of the Tamar River, Tasmania, was built 1864-66 to guard the approach to Launceston in case of attack. Periodic drills were held there by the Launceston Volunteer Artillery Corps. In 1884 the guns were removed and not replaced. It was then used as a magazine for Launceston Council until 1891.
Refer to: Richardson, P. (ed.), On the Tide, vol. 1, p. 78.


Ernie Bennett collection

Object Type

spikes (railways)

Object number


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