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New Zealand

I have just returned from a well earned holiday in New Zealand.  Even though I wasn't there to see lights and the site does not cover New Zealand I was still tempted to check a few out.

On the West Coast of the South Island I found the Hokitika Lighthouse, a wooden structure missing the lantern room and in very poor condition.   There is a local movement to have it relocated to the centre of town and restored.   There is also a group that would like to see it restored on it's present location.

Travelling from south to north.

The Nugget Point was a distance glimpse while the bus I was travelling on stopped for a few minutes outside of Balclutha.

The Taiaroa Lighthouse, NZ
The Taiaroa Lighthouse, NZ
[Photo: Grant Sheehan]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/PC%20Tiaroa%20Head%20gs.jpg>

A friend took me out to the Taiaroa Head Lighthouse at the entrance to Otago Harbour at Dunedin.  Because the area is the only mainland albatross breeding ground in the world the access was restricted and we had to be content with the view obtained from the tour.

The Moeraki Lighthouse, NZ
The Moeraki Lighthouse, NZ
[Photo: Grant Sheehan]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Moeraki%20gs.jpg>

The Moeraki Lighthouse is a fine example of a typical wooden New Zealand Lighthouse.  If your are prepared to drive out on a gravel road you can get right up to within a few feet of it.  It is on a penguin breeding colony, and it was with great amusement that located at the entrance to the reserve was a set of dog yards with kennels marked "Visitors Dogs".

Jack's Point, at Timaru, is another typical wooden structure, but access is poor, through private property.  With time against us we did not have time to obtain the appropriate permission's.

The Akaroa Lighthouse, NZ
The Akaroa Lighthouse, NZ
[Photo: Greg Evans]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/PC%20Akaroa%20ge.jpg>

Akaroa Lighthouse has been restored and relocated into the centre of town and is another fine example of a Kiwi light in a fantastic setting.  I was happy to be able to walk right up to it.

The Godley Head Lighthouse, NZ
The Godley Head Lighthouse, NZ
[Photo: Grant Sheehan]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Godley%20Head%20gs.jpg>

Godley Head on the other hand is in a restricted area controlled by the Lyttleton Harbour Authority and is not visible from land.  The light was moved further down the cliff face during WW2 to remove it from the line of fire of headland defences that are still quite visible and worth a trip in there own right.   So it was with disappointment that we left.  If I was to go back I would attempt to gain permission from the  Lyttleton Harbour Authority to gain access.

The Cape Campbell Lighthouse, NZ
The Cape Campbell Lighthouse, NZ
[Photo: Grant Sheehan]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Cape%20Campbell%20gs.jpg>

On the trip to Picton to catch the ferry to Wellington on the North Island the train passed by Campbell Head in the Distance.

The Pencarrow Lighthouses, NZ
The Pencarrow Lighthouses, NZ
[Photo: Grant Sheehan]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Pencarrow%20gs.jpg>

The Baring Head Lighthouse, NZ
The Baring Head Lighthouse, NZ
[Photo: Grant Sheehan]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Baring%20Head%20gs.jpg>

Coming into Wellington Harbour the ocean going ferry lined up with the Pencarrow lighthouses when making the entrance.  The original Pencarrow Light was built at the top of the cliff.  A newer light was later built at sea level because the original light was often obscured by low cloud.  To the right on the next headland was the Baring Head Lighthouse which was built to replace the Pencarrow Lighthouses.

The Bean Rock Lighthouse, NZ
The Bean Rock Lighthouse, NZ
[Photo: Grant Sheehan]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Bean%20Rock%20gs.jpg>

At Auckland I visited Devonport, on the Northern side of the entrance to Auckland Harbour.  From here I could easily see the unusual timber lighthouse and signal station known as Bean Rock.

Also several kilometres to the north of Bean Rock I could see a fine tower, appearing to be stone, with black and white bands that made a scenic backdrop and marker to many yachts and sailing vessels on that part of the Harbour.   This lighthouse was not marked on any of my references and I was unable to find out it's name.

New Zealand has some great and unique lighthouses.   Grant Maizels is attempting to record these lights.  But, there really is a need one someone, preferably a Kiwi to take up the cause and do a site on New Zealand lighthouses.

Two fine references on New Zealand Lighthouses are:

Leading Lights - Lighthouses of New Zealand
by Anna Gibbons and Grant Sheehan
ISBN 0-908790-55-8
Hazard Press, PO Box 8427, CHRISTCHURCH, NZ

New Zealand Lighthouses
by Geoffrey B Churchman
Industrial Publishing Pty Ltd
10 Mulgrave Street, WELLINGTON,  NZ
(Address for NZ National Archives)

Both books are hard to get.

Beaconsfield Primary School's Guiding Lights Site Wins!

1998 SCHOOLS WEB DESIGN COMPETITION - NATIONAL PRIMARY WINNERS! 28/8/1998

The Guiding Lights <http://www.omen.net.au/~beacy/lrng21/lrng21.htm> web design team from Beaconsfield Primary School <http://www.omen.net.au/~beacy/> in Fremantle, Western Australia, were delighted to firstly find out that we were State finalists, then later announced as National Finalists.  Being a National Finalist we were invited to attend the National Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney.  The two worthy students selected by the other team members to represent the group, were Maia and Freya, accompanied by the Team advisor Mrs Pauline O'Brien.

Maia and Freya receiving the award with Pauline looking on
Maia and Freya receiving the award with Pauline looking on.
[Photo Courtesy Pauline O'Brien]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Beaconsfield%20Crop.jpg>

Can you imagine the excitement when, while in the Reception Hall, overlooking Fort Denison, Guiding Lights was announced as the National Primary Category Winner.  Amidst the photos and the interviews there was a sense of disbelief on the girls part, and it wasn't until we were ringing the great news back to our Principal, Mr Garry Hewitt, that the realization of what we had achieved finally sank in.

The rest of the Guiding Lights group were thrilled with the news, and can't wait to try out the Toshiba Laptop Computer and software we were awarded as part of our prize.

The Competition <http://www.learning21.org/index.html>, run by Access CMC, was based on the Theme of COOL Solutions to  a HOT Problem.   Guiding Lights looked at the solutions over time which have helped to overcome the problem of ships becoming wrecked off our reef strewn coast.  We started with lighthouses, but with research found there were many other solutions.  The guidelines for the competition stressed that the process of designing the page was equally as important as the content of the page.  The skills developed by the entire group over the ten weeks was quite inspirational.

Maia and Freya enjoying the views of Sydney Harbour
Maia and Freya enjoying the views of Sydney Harbour.
[Photo Courtesy Pauline O'Brien]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Sydney%20Awards%20po%202.JPG>

Now with the business part of the weekend over, it was time to check out some of the sights.

Included in this was a visit to the National Maritime Museum <http://www.anmm.gov.au/index.htm> and for me, a personal highlight was a quick look at and rushed photo of the Macquarie Lighthouse <http://www.maizels.nu/lights/nsw/macquarie/> on South Head.

The weeks since the awards have been no less busy, with local press and radio coverage  and some amazing email contacts with suggestions for ways in which we might next like to become involved in interactive projects.  We have already been linked to Ocean 98 <http://www.ocean98.org/primedu.htm> a wonderfully interactive and educational site.  The positive email responses have been very rewarding not to mention exciting.

When I think back to my first attempts at designing our school web page and a year later my own Lighthouses of Western Australia <http://bajoran.upnaway.com/~obees/lights/> site, I wonder at how composing time at the computer has taken over from quilting time at the sewing machine.

Pauline O'Brien
[Email Pauline]

Australian Lighthouse Association Page

The Australian Lighthouse Association has set an information web page on the site.  It can be found at <http://www.lighthouses.org.au/ALA/ALA.html>.


Notice Board:

Looking for 19th Century Lighthouse near Adelaide

Alexandra Vélez is looking for information about a lighthouse that used to be in the south coast of Australia in the 19th century, specifically in a bay near Adelaide.  She is not sure if it still exists, and thinks it was in the back side of a big house which was a family's house.  She has been looking for this lighthouse without having any success and would be very pleased and happy if someone could help her in finding it.  All she has is a very old picture and guesses it would have been removed.  Alexandra can be contacted at [Email Alexandra].

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Amber Morrow is doing a heritage project on Cape Byron Lighthouse.  Anyone with information can contact her at [Email Amber].


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

Please eMail <Keeper>


New Pages for Australia:

    The Point Cleveland Lighthouse New.gif (158 bytes)
    Cape Otway's Day of Celebration New.gif (158 bytes)

    Cape Otway Celebrates It's 150th Anniversary Clippings New.gif (158 bytes)

If your e-mail does not display in HTML these pages can be accessed from the "New Listing for Month Index" at <http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/New/Index%20New.htm>


New Links for Australia:

    The Australian Lighthouse Association New.gif (158 bytes)

If your e-mail does not display in HTML these pages can be accessed from the "New Listing for Month Index" at <http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/New/Index%20New.htm>


Also New Links for World:

    None this Month

If your e-mail does not display in HTML these pages can be accessed from the "New Listing for Month Index" at <http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/New/Index%20New.htm>


Australian News:

More "Sea Change" Lighthouse Concerts for 1998

After the successful Cape Otway Lighthouse Concert the next concert was held at Broome on September 12, in the North West of Australia, at the Gantheaume Point Lighthouse.

The Gantheaume Point Lighthouse
The Gantheaume Point Lighthouse
[Photo Courtesy: Brian Lord]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9809/Gantheaume%20Point%20bl%201.jpg>

The next concert will be the Point Danger <http://www.maizels.nu/lights/qld/point_danger/> and Fingal Head Lighthouse Concerts at Tweed Heads on October 16-17, 1998 at the "Jack Evans Boat Harbour".  This actually embodies the original lighthouse at Fingal Head, the longest operating public structure at Tweed Head,  and the new lighthouse at Pt Danger that was built to celebrate 200 years since European settlement in Australia and was also the world's first laser light.

The Fingal Head Lighthouse
The Fingal Head Lighthouse
[Photo: Cyril Curtain]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Fingal%20Head%20cc%201.jpg>

The Point Danger Lighthouse
The Point Danger Lighthouse
[Photo: Grant Maizels]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Point%20Danger%20gm%201.jpg>

Fremantle Festival's Lighthouse Concert and will be held on November 6, 1998.  Fremantle is truly blessed with 3 lighthouses <http://bajoran.upnaway.com/~obees/lights/>.

The Fremantle Lighthouses
The Fremantle Lighthouses: South Mole, Woodman Point & North Mole
[Photo: John O'Brien]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Fremantle%20Lights.jpg>

Port Adelaide's South Neptune Island Lighthouse also gets a concert on November 14, 1998.  If you examine the reflection in the camera on the "Sea Change" banners you will find it is the South Neptune Lighthouse that is featured.

The South Neptune Lighthouse Before Being Moved Back to Port Adelaide
The South Neptune Lighthouse Before Being Moved Back to Port Adelaide
[Photo: Courtesy Brian Lord]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Neptune%20Island%20bl%201.jpg>

This will be followed by yet another concert on November 21, 1998 at the Low Head Lightstation <http://www.lonelyplanet.com.au/dest/aust/graphics/tas13.htm>, in Tasmania.  The Pilot Station here dates from 1835 and is the oldest in Australia.

The Low Head Lighthouse
The Low Head Lighthouse
[Jeff Jennings]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Low%20Head%20jj%202.jpg>


Regards until the November 98 Bulletin
Malcolm Macdonald

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Thanks to the Following People for Their Help in September:

    Pauline O'Brien ("Guiding Lights Site Wins!" above)
    Stewart Brown (broken links info)

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

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