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Bulletin – Vol 9 No. 3 – May/June 2006


 Letter from the Editor

Feature stories
In light of his work
In an informal ceremony on 15 May, Steve Merson presented Malcolm Macdonald with an engraved lighthouse award to acknowledge Malcolm’s contribution to Lighthouses of Australia Inc.

Tasman Island Centenary celebrations
Denise Shultz tells the story of her trip with a Friends of Tasman Island Working Bee, and how the celebrations for the Tasman Island Lighthouse Centenary didn't go to plan...

Australia’s 2006 Lighthouses of the 20th Century Stamps
John Ibbotson reports on the launch of the Lighthouses of the 20th Century stamp release, and how the launch was marked at the Wollongong Head Lighthouse.

Memories of Montague
Local newspaper Narooma News interviews former lighthouse keeper Bruce Connelly about his memories of life on Montague Island.
Cape Don Working Weekend Report
Derek Emerson-Elliott of the Saving the MV Cape Don Society provides another update on the efforts to restore the MV Cape Don, a former lighthouse tender vessel.

Volunteering at Sandy Cape Lightstation 2006-2007
Aub Strydom, Ranger at Sandy Cape Lightstation on Fraser Island in Queensland advises that applications are open for volunteers to assist in maintenance of the station, weather reporting and relaxing.
LoA President, Denise Shultz, on the air with GARC [Photo:  Paul Shultz]International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend – 19 & 20 August 2006
ILLW 2006 is coming up soon, and Lighthouses of Australia Inc is keen to promote any activities that are planned by lighthouse management or amateur radio groups.
New edition of Great Ocean Road book available
LoA member Neil Leed has published the fourth edition of his book The Great Ocean Road: Scenic & Historic Views. Neil has been producing books, travel guides, postcards and other souvenir products on the Great Ocean Road since 1992.
Shining a light on lighthouses : Beacons By The Sea Exhibition
The ABC website reports on the Beacons By The Sea: Stories of Australian Lighthouses touring exhibition presented by the National Archives of Australia.

International News & Miscellanea
Nearly two dozen historic lighthouses need caretakers
The U.S. General Services Administration has announced that a number of lighthouses around the United States have been made available to public and private entities as long as they agreed to preserve them.
Digital lighthouses guide vessels safely away from tropical storm Chanchu
China's new digital lighthouse system passed its first major test with tropical storm Chanchu, guiding all vessels in Chinese waters to safety. Chanchu sank at least 10 vessels off Vietnam and left dozens of seamen dead or missing.
Beacon of Hope poem
Author Tony Dawson recently heard some of John Ibbotson’s lighthouse stories on 774 Melbourne radio, and thought Lighthouses of Australia would be interested in his poem "Beacon of Hope".

Alfred Rothe delivering mail by horseback to Point Hicks Lighthouse Hunting for Felix von Luckner Relocation of the Bay Rock Lightkeepers' house

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