Luke Short, Warwick Sandblast and Powdercoat owner Stephen Batterham and Craig Walker with the newly restored cannon.
Luke Short, Warwick Sandblast and Powdercoat owner Stephen Batterham and Craig Walker with the newly restored cannon. Emma Channon

Restoration a blast from the past

THE historic cannon at Allora’s Apex Park is well past its 60th birthday, but now it looks almost brand new.

The Southern Downs Regional Council commissioned Warwick Sandblast and Powdercoat owner Stephen Batterham to restore the circa 1942 anti-aircraft gun, and the machine now looks as though it’s ready to fire its first shot.

Mr Batterham said it took his team of three about two weeks to complete.

“The old paint had to be removed and we put three layers of paint powder on,” he said.

“It’s in very good condition (considering its age). It was looking a bit sad before but now it looks like new.”

A crane had to be used to transport the machine, which was estimated to weigh about four tonnes.

Although it isn’t a common item to pass through the business’s doors, this wasn’t the first cannon restoration Mr Batterham had tackled.

He said he had been commissioned to do similar monuments previously, but his last cannon makeover was 10 years ago.

“I really like doing these sorts of projects. It’s preserving history,” he said.



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