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The Australian Lighthouse Association LogoALA Donation Helps to Keep Site on Air

It was really great to get a donation of $150 from the Australian Lighthouse Association last month.

This is being put towards the cost of keeping the Project Pages hosted for the next 12 month and is greatly appreciated.

2nd Anniversary

The Project celebrates it's 2nd BirthdayThe Project is now 2 years old and is well on the way to getting the majority of Australia's Lighthouses onto the Internet when the Project is completed in 12 months time.

It has been a marvelous opportunity to get out to some fantastic places and meet some really great people.

I thank all those who have supported the Project and I look forward to the same great experiences over the next 12 months.

Project on CDROM?

I have had some enquiries about whether there are any plans to put a CDROM version out. This has presented several dilemmas.

Do we just transfer it straight to CD? Do we do a full multimedia version which would entail several more years of work? How do we cover the costs and successfully distribute it?

So each time the idea was considered over the last 12 months it got put on the back burner.

What I have done for a few individuals is make copies of the site "as is" for the benefit of those not on the Net, or for those who wish to spend a lot of time veiwing off line.

With each of these copies was a well presented jewel case including liners.

What I am suggesting for those who would like a CDROM is that I am quite happy to make these as one offs (of the site in HTML at the current stage of development) for a basic fee.

It could also be a way of contributing to the Project's ongoing success.

I would suggest a price of:

Outside of Australia:

$25 AUD plus $8 AUD post & pack
(Approx US equivalent $16 plus $5 post & pack)

Within of Australia:

$25 AUD plus $4 AUD post & pack

Send a Bank Cheque or International Money order made out in AUSTRALIAN dollars to:

Lighthouses of Australia Project
9 Richard Avenue
OCEAN GROVE
VICTORIA 3226
AUSTRALIA

Please allow a 10 day turn around.

Any further enquiries email me at <Keeper>


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Pt Perpendicular Expedition Report: (Part 2 of 2):

Part 1: Nov 1999 Bulletin

[by Deborah Taylor]

Sunday 17th October

Sunday morning, everybody up and at it - Yes, Smithy, you too - we don't care if you don't want to go to school today. Miracles can happen, Smithy's up before the crack of noon on a Sunday!

First stop is to pay Dennis and Penny Richardson for our lovely accommodation and say goodbye to Ian and Ann Clifford and family, Averil Legg and all the others we had met - a few coffees later we are down to business.

Moving back up the coast to visit the derelict Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse. Well you know by now that we have a tendency towards getting lost, well this time we were only a little lost. We didn't feel all that bad however, when we stopped to ask directions from a Search and Rescue team on a training run, they had no idea either! Funnily enough we were only a few hundred metres from the path. Didn't we feel smug when we found it - all by ourselves.

Malcolm & Deborah outside the vandalised Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
Malcolm & Deborah outside the vandalised Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

A lovely morning walk on the beach cleared a few cobwebs. Through some bush paths and we arrived to find the lightstation - say station because it reminded me of a telegraph station. Sadly, it has been vandalised and all the work spent on it has few traces left except for bolted up windows and barbed wire around the light tower. but nonetheless, a pleasing little lighthouse.

Back on the road again travelling south to Cape St George. I won't bore you with another tale about being hopelessly lost, (we have some dignity you know) so bye and bye we reach Huskisson and find a place to eat, then move on towards the lighthouse. We find it at the end of a narrow single lane gravel road.

Wow, what a mess. After years of procrastination, having decided it wasn't built in the right place, a replacement was built at Point Perpendicular in 1899 afterwhich the Navy demolished the old tower by way of target practice back in 1906(?).

Deborah ponders the events a days gone by at Cape St George [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
Deborah ponders the events a days gone by at Cape St George
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

Malcolm believes they must have brought the tower down with one single well placed hit because it is so neatly laid on its side with all the stones in the correct order.

The remains have been fenced off and windows and doors of then other buildings have been carefully fitted with black bars. The whole complex has been carefully maintained and all fittings, like bars and fences have been carefully thought out. Funny how perceptions change isn't it. What was beautiful, was destroyed, what was destroyed has been made beautiful.

The Cape St George Lighthouse was built close to the edge of the 100m cliff [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
The Cape St George Lighthouse was built close to the edge of the 100m cliff
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

We are running way behind schedule. It has taken us half a day to travel no more than 50 kilometres than where we started as the crows fly.

So we hit the road again moving on towards the lighthouse at Ulladulla. To get there we travel through attractive coastal dairying country. It is full of little villages and farmland.

Malcolm & Deborah meeting Cathy Dunn at Warden Head [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
Malcolm & Deborah meeting Cathy Dunn at Warden Head
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

Once there, we seek out Warden Head, a replica of the old lighthouse on Wollongong Harbour set squarely in the middle of a car park. Here we meet up with Cathy Dunn, a very bright lady who knows the history of the area like the back of her hand. She points out the location of the where the keepers cottage was and other local landmarks.

Warden Head and Cottage before 1920 [Photograph Courtesy: Cathy Dunn]
Warden Head and Cottage before 1920
[Photograph Courtesy: Cathy Dunn]

After Smithy finishes photographing the lighthouse and some interesting local aboriginal art installations on the reserve she personally escorts us to the original location of the lighthouse, the breakwater on the Ulladulla Harbour.

The original site of the Warden Head Lighthouse in the foreground [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
The original site of the Warden Head Lighthouse in the foreground
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

Cathy even took us home for a coffee, shared more of her knowledge and supplied Malcolm with bits and pieces - this made Malcolm very happy!

Malcolm and Deborah examining some of Cathy Dunns photos [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
Malcolm and Deborah examining some of Cathy Dunn's photos
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

Time is moving on a bit; we decide the next stop will be Batemans Bay for dinner. A quick prowl around town, we bypassed the glossy clubs for a quiet meal at a Vietnamise Restaurant - and very good it was too.

Tiredness begins to catch up with us and Moruya finds us checking into a hotel/motel. Smithy and I discover our room looks suspiciously used if not occupied and we are transfered into a luxury unit by default. Yes!

Half an hour or so to wind down and watch a little art history on the TV we call it a night.

Wake up to find the room faces out on to a wide river full of all types of fish. Just as a little treat we decide to have breakfast by the river before we head off.

Heading now for Narooma to the Lighthouse Museum which houses the original Montague Island Lighthouse beacon. Yes, you can put a dollar in the box and the light comes on and the huge crystal lens spins around! - (Yes, okay we did).

The original Montague Island Lens is the feature of the Museum [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
The original Montague Island Lens is the feature of the Museum
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

The museum was established when the local community wanted the original crystal lantern from the newly upgraded Montague Island Lighthouse returned to the town. What is found is here is typical of what you would find in a lighthouse over the last 100 years. Smithy photographed some of the more important artefacts plus a few for me.

Smithy, Malcolm and Deborah at the Narooma Lighthouse Museum [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
Smithy, Malcolm and Deborah at the Narooma Lighthouse Museum
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

As time is closing in on us we have to forfeit our planned trip to Montague Island as we have to cover around 150km to reach Green Cape, south of Eden.

Passing through Eden, Malcolm points out that there used to be a wooden lighthouse here on Twofold Bay last century which has since disappeared and very little is known about it.

As we leave Eden we decide to phone ahead to Green Cape to let Richard Jermyn, the caretaker, know that we are coming. He informs us that John Ibottson has only just left an hour before. Malcolm has spoken to John on the phone but has never meet him personally. John is well known amongst lighthouse enthusiasts as the man who left his job, cashed up his superannuation and hit the road with the mission of being the first person to photograph every lighthouse in Australia. I am sure that one hours difference would have made a great meeting.

The Green Cape Lighthouse and Head Keeper's cottage [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
The Green Cape Lighthouse and Head Keeper's cottage
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

Off the main road and down about 25 kilometres of gravel roads through the forest and it is worth the trip. Green Cape Lighthouse is truely beautiful.

Some of the remnants of Mark Sheriffs artwork on the clock mechanism [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
Some of the remnants of Mark Sheriffs artwork on the clock mechanism
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]

Richard takes us on a tour of the lighthouse and points out the work, what is left of it, done by Mark Sheriff who was once the caretaker here. Somewhere along the line the decision was made to repaint everything - everything. All that remains are the few scant paintings, the dolphins on the gas tank outside and some scroll work around the clock mechanism at the base of the pedestal of the beacon. As an artist I can tell you that this man is a fine draftsman indeed and his work in renovating both this lighthouse and Point Perpendicular and their quarters is legendary. If those 'above' don't appreciate it, I can tell you the locals certainly do. Mark is currently the caretaker at the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse in Northern New South Wales. It would interesting to see if he has had the same unique influence on that lighthstation

Richard Jermyn polishing the lantern at Green Cape [Photograph: Ian Clifford]
Richard Jermyn polishing the lantern at Green Cape
[Photograph: Ian Clifford]

Richard is very accommodating and patient, downing his tools to take time out for us. He too is another example of those with a down to earth approach and dedication. But as beautiful as this lighthouse is - we would loved to have spent more time here - time is closing in on us.

At this stage we had hopes of reaching at least one more lighthouse. We decided that Gabo Island (near Mallacoota, Victoria) would be out of reach due to time and access constraints but Point Hicks, near Cann River, further West of Mallacoota might be more attainable. However as the drive progresses and darkness closes in we relise that we are cutting a bit too fine.

Our next major stop is Orbost, some 180 kilometres away as we head south then west towards home.

Even by now the stress of such long hours was beginning to show. By the time we reached Orbost we were in need of a good meal and rest.

From Orbost pretty much non-stop home, taking shifts at driving, each shift became shorter and shorter as tiredness gave way to exhaustion. We arrive home well after midnight. The morning began at Moruya some 100's of kilometres away from home.

From 6pm on Friday Evening to late Monday Night we had covered over 2,000 kilometres, seen eight lighthouses and met dozens of interesting people.

I think we are all getting old or something because it took ages for us to recover but it was well worth it and as always we had lots of fun doing it.

Next major trip is South Australia. See you then.

Deborah. [Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
Deborah.
[Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas]
Malcolm. [Photograph: Deborah Taylor]
Malcolm.
[Photograph: Deborah Taylor]
Smithy (aka Ed). [Photograph: Deborah Taylor]
Smithy (aka Ed).

[Photograph: Deborah Taylor]

Department of Scrounge:

If anybody has any of this material on any Australian lighthouses including the ones listed at the Department of Scrounge it would appreciated, especially the high priority ones:

  • Original Colour Photographs
  • Historical Photographs or Postcards
  • History, experiences and anecdotes
  • Technical History

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New Pages for Australia:

The Goose Island Lighthouse The Goose Island LighthouseNew.gif (158 bytes)
The Kiama LighthouseNew.gif (158 bytes) The Kiama Lighthouse
The Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse The Crookhaven Heads LighthouseNew.gif (158 bytes)
The Cape Bailey Lighthouse at the entrance to Botany BayNew.gif (158 bytes) The Cape Bailey Lighthouse at the entrance to Botany Bay

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No new links for Australia this month

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Also, New Links for World:

Rich's Beacons of Light Page Rich's Beacons of Light PageNew.gif (158 bytes)
The Hillsboro Inlet LighthouseNew.gif (158 bytes) The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse
Anders Bratt's Fyrar Page Anders Bratt's Fyrar PageNew.gif (158 bytes)
Eyes That See Lighthouse Page by Jeanetta K. HodgesNew.gif (158 bytes) Eyes That See Lighthouse Page by Jeanetta K. Hodges
The Lighthouses of Cape Cod by Jay J. Pulli The Lighthouses of Cape Cod by Jay J. PulliNew.gif (158 bytes)
Mike's Lighthouse Pages Lantern RoomNew.gif (158 bytes) Mike's Lighthouse Pages Lantern Room
John Chidester's Gallery of Lighthouse Photography John Chidester's Gallery of Lighthouse PhotographyNew.gif (158 bytes)
The Hudson Valley Lighthouse GalleryNew.gif (158 bytes) The Hudson Valley Lighthouse Gallery
The New Haven Lighthouse Page The New Haven Lighthouse PageNew.gif (158 bytes)

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Australian News:

The Romance of Australian Lighthouses is not dead

Dear Malcolm,

I know this comes a little late but we have been extremly busy.The Proposal on the 30th October was a huge success. It was Mirella's birthday and by her surprise I woke her 5:00am that Saturday morning begging her to get dressed quickly, making her believe that we were going on a long drive for her birthday. On arrival at the Airport, she was overwhelmed by the surprise that we were flying to Sydney for her first time.

We spent the morning driving around Sydney site's visiting place's like Bondi Beach, Paddington Market, Queen Victoria Building, King's Cross, Oxford & George Street's. We then caught a taxi to Watson's Bay and had a delicious lunch at Doyle's Restaurant on the Wharf.

The Macquarie Lighthouse, scene of the romantic moment [Photograph: Jeanne Vanessa Eve]
The Macquarie Lighthouse, scene of the romantic moment
[Photograph: Jeanne Vanessa Eve]

After lunch we walked to the Macquarie Lighthouse. Here I pulled out the ring box and behind the building facing the sea I traditionally got down to one knee and asked the woman I love to Marry Me. With tears in her eye's and her smile of glee her answer to me was............ "YES".................

We then caught a water taxi to 'The Rock's' and spent the evening celebrating on Sydney's Show Boat, cruising around the harbour and drinking a bottle of MOET CHANDON.

My fiance and I would like to thank you for all your help in making that day possible for us and the helpful information you had given me, but unfortunatley I was still unsuccessful getting inside the lighthouse, but never the less even though it rained, we had a beautiful day.

Your's Thankfully
George Grasso and my fiance Mirella Travaglini.
.


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Australian Lighthouse Association (Donation)
Jay Owen (Photograph)
Christopher Arthur (Photographs)
Averil Legg (Literature)
Ross Harper (Photograph)
Kris Filsell (Photograph)
Ian Clifford (Photographs)
Peter Bird (Info)
Mark Wilson (Photographs)

Thanks to all the people who have put links to the site

Thanks to those who let me use their photos for thumbnails.


Regards until the January 2000 Bulletin
Malcolm Macdonald

http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/


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