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Monthly Bulletin
March/April 2005 - Vol 8 No. 2


 Letter from the Editor

 Peninsula Lighthouse Tour
To coincide with a visit from SA State Rep Garry Searle, we organised a day's outing in early March this year to include an exclusive tour of the Eastern Lighthouse at McCrae, and the Cape Schanck Lighthouse, both located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
 Balaclava Island Lighthouse
The story of the construction of the Balaclava Island Lighthouse, and the lives of the lightkeepers. Balaclava Island is a low lying mud island at the mouth of the Fitzroy River and Raglan Creek estuaries near Rockhampton.
 Carpentaria Lightship
Bill Scott's story about maintaining and servicing the Carpentaria Lightship in the 1950s. There were two lightships permanently anchored off the Queensland coast, one off the northern tip of Fraser Island, and the other at the western entrance to Torres Strait, in the far north of Queensland.

 Barranjoey Lighthouse restored to former glory
The National Parks and Wildlife Service in NSW, along with the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and the Vincent Fairfax Foundation, have restored the historic Barranjoey Lightstation. The lighthouse and keeper's cottages have been repaired, sealed and opened to the public, and the surrounds have been landscaped.
 Visit to Tasman Island Lighthouse
Erika Johnson, former caretaker at Swan Island Lighthouse, reports on her recent trip out to Tasman Island Lighthouse, flying out there by helicopter with the
Tasman Peninsular Rotary Club. The lighthouse appears to be well maintained, but the same cannot be said for the keepers' quarters and other out-buildings.
 Redevelopment plans for Nobbys Head
This article has been removed as it did not meet copyright guidelines. Visit www.theherald.com.au for information regarding the Nobbys Head redevelopment.

 Lighthouse book reprinted
A second print run of John Ibbotson's book, Lighthouses of Australia: Images from the End of an Era, and to celebrate, a special deal for readers of the LoA Bulletin!

 "The Lightkeeper" opens in Sydney
Griffin Theatre Company and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust have joined forces to offer two unique experiences by land and sea. Simply book a ticket to the upcoming production of The Lightkeeper at the SBW Stables Theatre, Kings Cross and receive a free tour of Macquarie Lighthouse, Vaucluse.
Beacons by the Sea: Stories of Australian Lighthouses
The National Archives of Australia exhibition Beacons by the Sea is nearly finished at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and is moving to the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

 Unidentified kids at Green Cape Lighthouse
Can you identify the children in these photographs taken at Green Cape Lighthouse?
Bob Coomler of 
Cloverdale, USA
was visiting the Cape Byron Lighthouse years ago, where he saw these photos in an old photo album. He is curious to know who they are, and when the photographs were taken.
 Seeking information about Joseph Johnson, keeper at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse
Kerry Echberg
is seeking reader's help in tracking down details of her paternal great grandfather Joseph Johnson, who was a keeper at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse until he died in 1924.
 Oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Australia
Ron Rainford asks whether we can compete with the US claim of having a lighthouse continuously operating since 1855.
 Seeking further information about McNairs, lighthouse builders
Brenton McNair, who
sought information about his "lighthouse-building" pioneer relatives in the last Bulletin, believes they may have also worked on a Western Australian lighthouse.

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