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Legacy of gun smoke: stories from Fort Scratchley 82 years after shells came down

Simon McCarthy
Updated June 13 2024 - 1:37pm, first published 11:00am
Fort Scratchley volunteers fire the historic guns on Monday, June 10, as part of the King's Birthday long weekend observances with Topics writer Simon McCarthy. Picture by Marina Neil
Fort Scratchley volunteers fire the historic guns on Monday, June 10, as part of the King's Birthday long weekend observances with Topics writer Simon McCarthy. Picture by Marina Neil

The boy had just got back to his improvised bunk in the tunnels under the gun when the second alarm was raised.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016. Contact McCarthy on Signal at @SimonMcCarthy.50 or via this link: https://signal.me/#eu/SogMRDSICna4awnaQul1KAYAonquE3VoSG1eSaxudp73Pq8de-tDPI2GvkjVjoZR

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