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2015 fundraising update

Dear friends of Project Longshot.

We would like to wish you a happy season and a prosperous new year.

We would also like to thank you for your support in 2014. Project Longshot will be active in 2015 and hopefully we will be successful.

We are still exploring every avenue to raise the funds needed to finance the search. We have had plenty of public support and great community goodwill. It is proving difficult however to reach our target.

We realise that this will probably take longer than we first hoped. We have registered as a non-for-profit organisation, which will make fund-raising simpler.

We are now running a  fundraising campaign and donations can be made at

Val Morgan, the cinema chain, has kindly donated a cinema ad for Project Longshot which will run in cinemas across Australia beginning on the 29th January until February 19th

Val Morgan will also be hosting our ad on Pump TV at 87 service stations across australia.


Hopefully, this will raise public awareness.

We will also be doing some TV news in January.

We have been speaking to several government science bodies who are interested in helping us.

So, the Longshot is still a longshot, but we are working very hard in the background to make things happen.

If you feel you are able to donate, please visit the donation site: for details.

You are very welcome to make a donation to :

Commonwealth Bank
Account Name: Southern Ocean Exploration Inc.
BSB: 063144
Account Number: 10494172

to donate via Paypal please visit

Once more, thank you for your help in 2014, and hopefully we will be able to pull this off for you in 2015.

The Long Shot Team

Pump TV Longshot Campaign Site List:

ACT United Fyshwick
ACT Woolworths Canberra Airport
ACT Woolworths Canberra Gateway
ACT Woolworths Dickson
ACT Woolworths Erindale
ACT Woolworths Mawson
NSW BP Connect Glendenning
NSW BP Connect Norwest
NSW BP Connect Quakers Hill
NSW BP Connect Thornleigh
NSW BP Connect Wiley Park
NSW BP Connect Woodcroft
NSW BP Bexley
NSW BP Kirrawee
NSW United Lethbridge Park
NSW United Wyee
NSW Woolworths Glenrose
NSW Woolworths Peakhurst
QLD BP Connect Albany Forest
QLD United Bald Hills
QLD United Doonan
QLD United Forestdale
QLD United Loganlea
QLD United Springfield
QLD United Virginia
SA United Adelaide Airport
SA United Blair Athol
SA United Pennington
SA United Salisbury
SA United Seaton
SA Woolworths Mitcham
SA Woolworths Parabanks
VIC BP 2Go Cranbourne
VIC BP 2Go Melton
VIC BP Cabarita
VIC BP Connect Caroline Springs
VIC BP Connect Eltham
VIC BP Connect Mentone
VIC BP Express Golf Links Road
VIC BP Greenleigh
VIC BP Hampton Park
VIC BP Supremacy
VIC BP Balaclava
VIC BP Big Pine
VIC BP North Cranbourne
VIC BP Stationvale
VIC United Balwyn
VIC United Braeside
VIC United Clayton
VIC United Clayton South
VIC United Croydon
VIC United Eltham
VIC United Frankston
VIC United Frankston South
VIC United Hallam
VIC United Kensington
VIC United Kew
VIC United Kingsway (Sth Melb)
VIC United Maribyrnong North
VIC United Mulgrave
VIC United Murrumbeena
VIC United Narre Warren North
VIC United Noble Park
VIC United Patterson Lakes
VIC United Point Cook
VIC United Preston
VIC United Preston South
VIC United Rowville
VIC United Springvale
VIC United St Albans
VIC United Sunshine
VIC United Taylors Lakes
VIC United Thomastown
VIC United Westgate North
VIC United Westgate South
VIC Woolworths Chelsea
VIC Woolworths Clayton
VIC Woolworths Niddrie
WA United Edgewater
WA United Kewdale
WA United Mindarie
WA United Mt Lawley
WA United Northbridge
WA United Osborne Park
NSW BP Chipping Norton
NSW BP Condell Park
NSW BP West Yagoona


Longshot on the Melbourne 22 Show

This is a nice 5-minute magazine piece on the Channel 31 Melbourne 22 Show.

The Longshot story is about 15 minutes in.

Congratulations to the First Shot Committee

Well done to the First Shot Committee on a fantastic event at Point Nepean today. A longer article to follow, but here are some photos of the day taken by Mount Eliza Secondary College students Oliver Green, Thomas McQuie, Finn Bardolph and Pete Brumby-Evans.

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Large turnout for Ranelagh Club Longshot event


Over 120 people attended a successful Project Longshot information afternoon at the Ranelagh Club, in Mt Eliza on Saturday.

Project Longshot is the mission the find the first Allied shot of the Great War: a 40 kilogram steel shell, which Australian forces fired at the German cargo ship SS Pfalz from a Fort Nepean gun on August 5th, 1914 .

The two-hour presentation introduced the First Shot story to Ranelagh Club members and guests from across the community.

Ranelagh Club president Lawrence Henderson opened the day with an emotional tribute to the Ranelagh Club’s longest-serving member and Kokoda veteran, Lionel Smith, before former Victorian Premier and Chair of the Victorian Anzac Day Committee, Mr Ted Baillieu spoke about his passion for Melbourne, its history, and the global significance of the first shot.

Major Bernie Gaynor, Chair of the First Shot Committee eloquently recounted the events of August 5th, 1914 and enthralled the audience with his enthusiasm and  knowledge of the first Allied shot of the Great War.

He also described the fascinating, but ill-fated, life of the SS Pfalz.

After Australian forces seized the ship, the Pfalz was renamed HMAT Boorara and served as an Australian troop-carrier in the Dardanelles and the North Sea. She was twice torpedoed and ended her life as a shipwreck off the Vancouver coast.

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The event was attended by several relatives of  those involved when the first shot was fired.

Margaret Robinson, grand-niece of Montgomery Robinson, the Australian pilot who allegedly scuffled with German captain Kuhiken for control of the Pfalz, shared some papers and cartoons of her famous relative with audience members.

Ken Penaluna, Grandson of gunner Edward Quirke, also attended with memorabilia.

Mount Eliza Secondary College students Harry Maxwell and Josh Daly built an information display for the event, centrepiece of which was a beautiful replica shell that Josh Daly and his grandfather made during the recent school holidays.

Project Longshot Team Leader Mark Ryan outlined a timeline for the mission and spoke about the technical difficulties of searching for a small object in such a vast area and the equipment they will need to find a six-inch shell under a metre of sand. Mr Ryan is founder of Souther Ocean Exploration, Australia’s most successful shipwreck discovery team.

Filmmaker  Terry Cantwell spoke about the importance of local stories and closed the day with a call for community involvement in Project Longshot.

On August 5th, 2014 a special commemorative event will be held at Point Nepean fort, which is open to all Australians.


Project Longshot

The First Shot Event at Point Nepean

The Ranelagh Club


The First Shot Event, August 5th.

Project Longshot is very proud to be associated with the First Shot Commemorative event.

The First Shot Committee is hosting a commemorative event at Point Nepean on August 5th, 2014, which will acknowledge the centenary of the beginning of WW1 with a reenactment of the First Shot from a Howitzer canon at the fort.

This is a major public event which will begin four years of World War 1 commemorations in Australia.

Please visit the First Shot website if you would like to register your interest in attending



From the First Shot website

Between 2014 and 2018, Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s World War 1 involvement. The first shot in the the British Empire was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement No.6 at Fort Nepean, Portsea, Victoria on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared in London. The shot was fired in order to prevent the German merchant vessel SS Pfalz from escaping Port Phillip to the open seas. The shot was successful – the Pfalz surrendered. To acknowledge the significance of this historic occasion, a special commemoration open to all Australians is to be conducted at the Parade Ground at the former Officer Cadet School within the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean National Park. This event will be the very first of many commemorations to be held all around the world in those countries that comprised the former British Empire. The anniversary will coincide with the opening of conservation and visitor access improvements at Fort Nepean that will enhance the telling of Point Nepean’s war time heritage stories.

Ranelagh Club supporting Project Longshot


The Ranelagh Club has a long and proud history dating back to 1925. Its founders, members and their activities have contributed much to our country and to the lifestyles we enjoy today. It is therefore fitting that we come together to learn more about our past and to support a project that highlights significant national and global activities in our waters 100 years ago.The Club is delighted to support Project Longshot through its members’, young and old, interest and participation. This event will be one of many opportunities for us assist in the delivery of this project and in doing so, reflect on our past and contribute to our future. I do hope that you can attend for what promises to be an enjoyable night and an intriguing journey.

Lawrence Henderson. President.


Longshot in for the Long haul

Dear friends of the Longshot

You will be aware that our Indiegogo fundraiser is finishing soon and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed.

Although we didn’t reach our target, we believe the campaign has been successful in a number of ways and that we now have a strong foundation from which to press on.

Our initial goal was to find the shell in time for the August 5th centenary of World War One. This is why we established a 60-day fundraising campaign.

Raising $85,000 in such a short time was always going to be difficult, but we had to try.

However, the publicity that we have  generated and the community support that we have since received has convinced us to continue with the mission.

There have been a number of positive developments recently that have encouraged us to widen our efforts.

We have received endorsement from five government ministers, including the Prime Minister.

We have submitted several funding proposals.

We are also negotiating with corporate and business entities who have expressed interest in sponsoring the project.

We have a number of prominent community organisations who are also considering adopting Project Longshot as part of their community commitments.

We are planning a number of fund-raising events in the coming months.

In short, Longshot in now in for the Long haul. It will take longer to complete the project – and we will not find the shell by August 5th this year –  but we are committed to doing whatever it takes to make the project a success, however long it takes.

Meanwhile, we have begun filming a documentary about the first shot.

The story that is emerging is much more fascinating than we at first thought.

There is significant interest in a film about the first shot – however, the search for the shell makes such a film a lot more contemporary, as it creates a real link between the present and the past.

We will keep you updated and  thank you very much for your support.

The Longshot Team



Project Longshot in the media

Project Longshot has received very good media coverage this week.

The story has featured in The Age, on ABC Radio on 3AW and on Channel 9’s Today Show

We even did a late night talkback spot on US radio.

The story has also been syndicated across Australia through Fairfax media.

Peter Fitzsimons has also mentioned the project in his Sydney Morning Herald column.

So  a big thanks to all our supporters.


Longshot on Radio this Saturday

You can hear The Project Longshot team live on air this Saturday.

3WBC radio – 94.1 FM has given SOE an hour between 11.00am and 12.00pm to discuss the project.

Mark Ryan from SOE will be talking about SOE’s achievements.

Martin Tozer will be explaining the technical aspects of the search for the first shot.

Terry Cantwell from Whitewater Documentaries will be talking about the potential Longshot documentary and the series “Ghost Divers”, which is in production.

Hope you have time to listen in.


Live Streaming between 11.00-12.00 Saturday March 29, 2014