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Belmont Tank Traps

Belmont Tank Traps
Belmont Tank Traps - One of the Tank Traps with an Australia Remembers plaque attached
Belmont Tank Traps - Detail on the "Cold Tea Creek" plaque
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Description / Background

Two 'Tank Traps' are located next to the Cold Tea Creek bridge in Belmont South. They were used to defend the area during the Second World War. Each trap is a concrete tetrahdon, standing 1.7 metres high, and 'dumble' (refer inscription).

Attached to one of the structures is a bronze plaque, inscribed with information about the traps and their purpose. It was installed as part of the Australia Remembers campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war. The plaque was unveiled on 20 December 1996. 


Australia Remembers 1945–1995

Belmont Tank Traps

These two concrete tetrahdons or 'tank traps' formed part of the Belmont Anti Tank Ditch which stretched in a straight line from this site to the sea. 

The ditch was a major defense installation constructed by army and civilian units in late 1942 as the southern perimeter defence of the port of Newcastle. 

At the time it was anticipated that the Japanese may attempt a beach landing between Belmont and Swansea Channel. 

The ditch was designed to prevent enemy tanks proceeding north to Newcastle. It replaced the winding Cold Tea Creek which linked the Lake to Belmont Lagoon. 

Two interlocking rows of tank traps were located on the southern bank of the Ditch to obstruct the movement of tanks. 

Twenty seven acres of defense scrub land to the immediate south of the ditch were cleared to deny cover to enemy forces. 

Timber posts or Dumble Tank Stops were located every five feet along the northern bank of the ditch. Many are still in place.

The posts formed a vertical barrier to any tanks that gained access to the Ditch.

The bridge nearby was built of timber. In the event of an attack it could be collapsed quickly into the Ditch by the withdrawal of 5 bolts.

An extensive post and barbed wire beach defense system extended from Redhead to Swansea Channel.

Jungle training of troops was conducted in the forested Jewells area where the sand dunes ranged from twenty to one hundred feet in height.

Army establishments were located at Blacksmiths, Jewells and Gateshead.

As the Allied Forces advanced northwards in the Pacific during 1943 and 1944 so the importance of the beach and port defenses of Port Newcastle receded.

These tank traps or tetrahdons stand as a testimony to the determination of Australians in the face of the danger to which this region was exposed during the dark days of  World War II.

20th December 1996. Alan Shields. Hon Peter Morris MHR.

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Cold Tea Creek
Pacific Highway near Capri Close
Belmont South NSW 2280
Local Government Area
Lake Macquarie, City of
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Dedication date
20 December 1996
Second World War, 1939–45