Samuel Amess placed the cannon on Churchill Island. John Cleeland, who built Woolamai House on Phillip Island, claimed that it was firstly given to him. Investigation by the Victorian Conservation Trust in 1982 to identify the manufacture and provenance of the cannon proved fruitless. A summary of the research evidence and arguments is given in "The Churchill Island Cannon: History and Mystery" by David Maunders on
(Friends of Churchill Island website).
This information is currently under investigation and more research is being undertaken.
Six pounder cast iron smooth bore cannon on white painted wooden carriage with wheels.
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