Bilo Gun Batteries / Bunkers
Bilo Gun Batteries / Bunkers (Lami, Fiji Island) — an important part of the Fiji Defence Force during this time was the Bilo Battery Gun Site. The Bilo Battery, located at Lami (in the outskirts of Suva) was constructed in January of 1941 to defend Suva Harbour from any Japanese military attacks. The Bilo Battery was a key part of the defense of Fiji, being one of only four gun positions protecting Suva. The others were located near the Parliament House, Veiuto, at the Forum Secretariat/Nasonini area, and at Flagstaff Reservoir Hill. Other gun batteries in Fiji were on the western side of Viti Levu, at Momi and Vuda. The Bilo Battery was home to two 6’’ guns and two 4.7’’ guns. While there are no guns remaining at the site, the underground ammunition storage is still there.
During the war years the New Zealand Army replaced the Fiji Defense Force and they were in turn replaced by the United States Army, before the U.S. Army pulled out of Fiji in 1944, to head to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea as the battle continued in the Pacific further north. Fortunately for the locals, the Japanese never got around to attacking the island. Today, the Bilo Battery stands as a physical reminder of World War 2. Hours: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (Monday – Saturday)