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Bulletin – Vol 9 No. 6 – November/December 2006

 Letter from the Editor


Wedding Cake West Lighthouse collapses

On 12 December 2006, the Western Channel Light – better known as Wedding Cake West – collapsed into Sydney Harbour.

Nobbys Head – heritage at risk

Conservationists argue that the proposed re-development of Nobbys Head contravenes a Federal Government heritage law.

Griffiths Island – to be heritage listed
Port Fairy's Griffith Island and historic lighthouse have been recommended for heritage status on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Montague Lighthouse 125th anniversary
Descendents of keepers & lighthouse buffs commemorated 125 years of operation for the Montague Island Lighthouse on 1 November 2006.

Cape Cleveland lease
A 20-year agreement to manage and maintain the buildings at the Cape Cleveland lighthouse site has been entered into.

Memories of Cliffy Island
Bill Breen reminisces about his childhood living on Cliffy Island, a remote lighthouse off Wilsons Promontory in Victoria.
Restoring lighthouse artefacts
Since becoming a lighthouse junkie, John Ibbotson always thought that having a Fresnel lens, a flasher and a sun valve would be the ultimate lighthouse collectables to own.
Mystery of Cape Otway anchor
Malcolm Brack, who grew up at Cape Otway Lightstation, discusses the history of the anchor on display at the Cape.
Pharology 101 – Lighthouse construction methods
Lighthouses come in many different shapes and sizes which depend on their function, location, geography and special demands.
Sandy Cape lighthouse gets a facelift
Denise Shultz tells of her recent visit to Sandy Cape Lighthouse, during which the tower was repainted by Australian Maritime Systems.

CLS Flags
A Commonwealth Lighthouse Service flag stored for 20 years in a garage surfaces for display at Canberra, and the history of another flag design stumps the experts.

Lighthouse books
Discount on Lighthouses of Australia books
John Ibbotson is extending the Christmas discount offered to Bulletin readers for his Lighthouses of Australia books
Rock Lighthouses of Britain
A review of the recently published third edition of the classic lighthouse book, covering some of the world's most famous remote lighthouses.
Lighting the Coast
A new book illuminates the fascinating history of New Zealand’s coastal lighthouse system. Lighting the Coast is the first comprehensive history of New Zealand’s system of lighthouses.

International News
Iceland: Stórhöfdi lighthouse turns 100
The 100-year anniversary of Stórhöfdi lighthouse in Vestmannaeyjar islands south of Iceland was celebrated at a special ceremony yesterday. Stórhöfdi is one of the oldest lighthouses in Iceland.
Scotland: Lighthouse in danger of crumbling
Campaigners have warned that one of Scotland's most iconic lighthouses is in danger of crumbling away unless restoration work is begun urgently.
Japan: Last manned lighthouse becomes automated
The Meshima lighthouse on one of Nagasaki Prefecture's Danjyo Islands changed its power source from diesel to solar light, in a move to automate the nation's last manned lighthouse.
USA: Consolidation will create America’s largest lighthouse museum
The Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland and the American Lighthouse Foundation have announced a groundbreaking collaboration
Russia defies Ukrainian court order on lighthouse handover
Russia will not obey a Ukrainian court ruling requiring its Defense Ministry to hand over the Russian Black Sea Fleet's lighthouses in Crimea.

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