During the school holidays I went on the train to Melbourne. It took about an hour to get to Southern Cross station from Geelong. We went to the city to get our ipad fixed. My little brother smashed the screen when he dropped it by accident – Oh NO!
While we were waiting for it to be fixed we went to Melbourne Central. It is a big shopping centre with lots of levels. In the middle is a shot tower. It is really really tall. I got dizzy looking up at it.
It was built in 1888 and is 50 metres high. The building was saved from being pulled down and when they built the shopping centre and train station it was built underneath an 84 m-high cone shaped glass roof.
Coop’s Shot Tower is 9 storeys high, and has 327 steps to the top. Imagine climbing all those stairs! The tower produced six tonnes of shot a week up until 1961, when the demand for the lead shot became low after they changed the laws for guns.
What Is Shot and How Was It Made?
Shot is small balls of lead. It was packed with gun powder into a musket gun and fired like a bullet. Shot was made by dropping molten lead from the top of the tower and as it fell it became ball shaped. Water was placed at the bottom of the tower, causing the lead to be cooled. These pellets were then used as ammunition in shotguns or rifles.