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Small Bulletin This Month

There will only be a small bulletin this month due to the fact that I was away, but mainly due to long overdue maintainence on my system.  Some of you will be aware that I faithfully backed up everything but the Bulletin mailing list!   I have spend nearly 4 days rebuilding it by hand from archived emails.  I think I have everybody.  If you have never recieved one of these before then that is why you have been included.  If you do not wish to receive anymore e-mail me and I will take you off the list.

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I know many of you only receive the text version of this Bulletin so I would like to point out that a complete HTML version formated and with photos and more is also loaded at the URL below each month at the time the Bulletin is emailed.

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South Australian Reconnoitre

I took a week off after Christmas to have a holiday and do a small reconnoitre for a future South Australian Expedition.  You may have read of the expedition last February (see March 98 and April 98 Bulletins) where Ed Kavaliunas and myself covered all the lights in Western Victoria and SE South Australia.  In future we hope to go from Kangaroo Island, then through Adelaide and on to the Yorke and the Eyre Peninsulas.

The South Neptune Lighthouse Now at Port Adelaide
The South Neptune Lighthouse Now at Port Adelaide
[Courtesy Brian Lord]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9810/Neptune%20Island%20bl%201.jpg>

First stop was Adelaide and the South Neptune Lighthouse that has been relocated to its original home in Port Adelaide and has now become part of the South Australian Maritime Museum.  The day was so hot that the metal lighthouse was closed for the day and I had to return at the end of the week to see it.  It was nice to observe the poster for "The Lighthouses of Australia Project" on one the walls of the lighthouse (thanks Bob, our "SA Contact").

The Troubridge Island Lighthouse From the Sea
The Troubridge Island Lighthouse From the Sea
[Photograph: Chris & Judy Johnson]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/SA/Troubridge%20Shoal/Troubridge%20Lighthouse%20From%20Sea%20tih%205.jpg>

The next day I was standing at Port Giles with my field glasses enjoying an excellent view of Troubridge Island, about 10 kilometres out to sea off Edithburgh.

The More Recent Troubridge Hill Lighthouse
The More Recent Troubridge Hill Lighthouse
[Photograph: Brian Lord]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9902/Troubridge%20Hill%20Lighthouse%20bl%201.jpg>

Leaving Edithburgh I travelled on gravel roads along the extremely beautiful southern coast of the Yorke Peninsula until I came to the recently built Troubridge Hill Lighthouse.  Completed in July 1980, it is believed to be the first brick lighthouse erected in Australia.

The Cape Spencer Lighthouse Looking Towards the Lighthouse Complex on Althorpe Island
The Cape Spencer Lighthouse Looking Towards the Lighthouse Complex on Althorpe Island
[Photograph: Brian Lord]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9902/Cape%20Spencer%20Towards%20Althorpe%20bl%201a.jpg>

The gravel roads continued for most of the distance until I joined the main road from Yorktown to Cape Spencer.  Cape Spencer is in the Innes National Park and overlooks Althorpe Island whose lightstation complex it replaced.

The Old Althorpe Island Lightstation
The Old Althorpe Island Lightstation
[Photograph: Brian Lord]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9902/Althorpe%20Island%20Lighthouse%20bl%201.jpg>

The View From Cape Spencer Shows How Beautiful this Coast Is
The View From Cape Spencer Shows How Beautiful this Coast Is
[Photograph: Brian Lord]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9902/View%20From%20Cape%20Spencer%20bl%204.jpg>

Most of the Yorke Peninsula is dry semi-arid farming country, but the coast along the southern and western side of the Yorke Peninsula made the trip well worth it.

The Corny Point Lighthouse
The Corny Point Lighthouse
[Photograph: Brian Lord]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9902/Corny%20Point%20Lighthouse%20bl%202.jpg>

More spectacular scenery heading north to Corny Point on gravel roads again.  The Lighthouse seems almost out of place here on this rugged coastline as there is very little other evidence of man here.

The Now Demolished Tipara Reef Lighthouse Near Moonta
The Now Demolished Tipara Reef Lighthouse Near Moonta
[Photograph: Bob Duthie]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9902/Tipara%20Reef%20bd%201.jpg>

Off the north west coast of the Yorke Peninsula used to be the Tipara Reef Lighthouse.  I spent some time in Moonta, the nearest town trying to track down the history of this light.  I was given several contacts which I intend to follow up.

From here I returned back to Adelaide via the Clare and Barossa Valleys.  Returned to the South Neptune Lighthouse and made successful enquiries there.  Also checked out the Mortlock Library were many of the early records are held.  It has a large database that is on the Net so I can access it from home.

Draft Tasmanian Expedition Itinerary

Provisional Dates: The first preference 19 March to 30 March 1999.  The second preference is 14 April to 24 April 1999.

Day 1 (Saturday)

Devonport to Stanley

Mersey Bluff Lighthouse

Round Hill Point Lighthouse

Table Cape Lighthouse

Rocky Cape Lighthouse

Stanley

Day 2

Stanley to Marrawah to Stanley

West Point Lighthouse

Bluff Hill Lighthouse

Highfield Bluff Lighthouse

Stanley

(Alt Day 3)

Stanley to Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

(Alt Day 4)

Cradle Mountain to Strahan

Strahan

Day 3/4

Stanley to Strahan

Strahan

Day 5

Strahan

Macquarie Heads (Hells Gate Lighthouses)

Cape Sorrell  Lighthouse

Gordon River

Day 6 (Thursday)

Strahan to Hobart

Hobart

Day 7

Hobart to Cape Bruny to Hobart

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Hastings Caves

Iron Pot Lighthouse

Day 8 (Saturday)

Hobart to Tasman Peninsula to Triabunna

Salamanca Market

Port Arthur

Triabunna

Maria Island

Day 9

Triabunna to Freycinet

Freycinet National Park

Cape Tourville Lighthouse

Cape Forestier Lighthouse

Day 10

Freycinet to Gladstone

Mt William National Park

Home Point Lighthouse

Eddystone Pt Lighthouse

Gladstone

Day 11 (Tuesday)

Gladstone to Devonport

Georgetown

Low Head  Lighthouse

Launceston

Devonport

Site Gaining Recognition

The Project site is gaining more recognition with a Major Dutch Newspaper featuring it in an article on lighthouses and shipwrecks.

Several ISP's have listed it as one of their Hot sites


Notice Board:

The Operation of Lighthouses During WWII

I am looking for information about lighthouse keeping during WWII.  Do
you know of any reference material or first hand knowledge?

Jennifer Richmond
[Email Jennifer]

Montague Island Article From 1950's

I have currently being searching for a photo that was taken on Montague Island in the early to mid 50's the photo was taken by a journalist by the name of Judith Castle for the paper called "The Land". The article was called "They live on an Island". I would be very grateful if you could help me with this matter my reason for looking for this article is that the photo is taken of my fathers family the light house keeper was my Grandfather James O'Brien. I would also be very interested in any log entrys or info at all really he was a light house keeper through most of NSW Seal Rocks, Byron Bay, Norah Head, Nelson Head just to name a few so any information would be very greatly appreciated

Cheers Kathleen
[Email Kathleen]


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 Deal Island Lightstation in the Kent Group of Islands The Deal Island Lightstation in the Kent Group of Islands New.gif (158 bytes)
The Nobbys Head Lighthouse at Newcastle New.gif (158 bytes) The Nobbys Head Lighthouse at Newcastle

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:

    No new links for Australia 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>


Also New Links for World:

The Nightcoaster Canadian Lighthouses by Tim Murphy The Nightcoaster Canadian Lighthouses by Tim Murphy New.gif (158 bytes)
Geoff's Lighthouse Pictures by Geoff McCausland New.gif (158 bytes) Geoff's Lighthouse Pictures by Geoff McCausland

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:

Abandoned Deal Island Lighthouse Deteriorating

[Kim Shimmin]

On returning from cursing Bass Strait, the Queenscliff to Devonport Race, we were able to spend 3 days on Deal Island. The island is currently under the temporary care of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund.

The Deal Island Lighthouse in Bass Strait
The Deal Island Lighthouse in Bass Strait
[Photograph: Kim Shimmin]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/TAS/Deal%20Island/Deal%20Island%20ks%202.jpg>

They have a rotating volunteer caretaker on the island, nice people, but none of them have any idea of the maintenance of any of the islands infrastructure and are only interested in the native flora of the island.  All of the islands machinery is in a state of disrepair or is completely broken down due to lack of maintenance.

We were able to gain access to the inside of the light and it is in need of some serious maintenance as rust has started to attack the main beams supporting the internal stairs and the base of the lantern room as well this is because of inadequate ventilation to the light. All vents have been closed to the lantern room, and no maintenance has been carried out on the inside of the light since Stan & Shirley Grey were transferred from the island.

The Deteriorating Interior of the Deal Island Lighthouse
The Deteriorating Interior of the Deal Island Lighthouse
[Photograph: Kim Shimmin]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/TAS/Deal%20Island/Deal%20Inside%20ks%203.jpg>

The only access to the light is by foot, no road work has been done to maintain access since the island passed into the hands of the Tasmanian Government, and so getting and maintenance materials up the the light would be extremely difficult.

After this visit I feel very pessimistic in the ability of the ABHF or their commitment or ability to maintain the light house and the buildings on Deal Island.

In this harsh environment it will not be to many years hence when all of this wonderful history will be lost to us and our future generation.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Unmanned Tasman Island Light Failure

Several reports have filtered through as to the failure on the unmanned beacon that replaced the Tasman Island Lighthouse during the tragic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Trevor Huggard, on the Westcoaster, had mentioned the incident to Cyril Curtain of the Australian Lighthouse Association, but a far more comprehensive report came from David Hurburgh who was in the air at the time.

David reports that when chartering a flight over the Tasman Peninsula the pilot had informed them that the beacon had failed the previous evening (26 December 1998).  As they flew over the lighthouse area they spotted the maintenance crew repairing the beacon.

The Tasman Island Lighthouse With Repair Helicopter on the Far Left of Tower
The Tasman Island Lighthouse With Repair Helicopter on the Far Left From Tower
[Photograph: David Hurburgh]
<
http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin\9902\Repairing%20Tasman%20Beacon%20dh%201.jpg>

These two reports highlight the problems of unmanned lights, especially over such a critical period.

Pt Perpendicular Lighthouse to Celebrate 100 Years

The Point Perpendicular Lighthouse will celebrate its 100th anniversary on 1 May 1999.

The Point Perpendicular Lighthouse Celebrates 100 Years
The Point Perpendicular Lighthouse Celebrates 100 Years
[Photograph: Brian Kendrick]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/NSW/Pt%20Perpendicular%20bk%20TN.jpg>

It is uncertain at this point whether there will be an official event to mark the occasion.  I will keep you posted in future Bulletins.

Access to Pt Perpendicular Lighthouse Still an Issue

Loretta Dunlop reports that the Pt Perpendicular Lighthouse and beautiful living quarters are still fenced off.

The Point Perpendicular is Still Fenced Off by the Navy
The Point Perpendicular is Still Fenced Off by the Navy
[Photograph: Beecroft Action Group]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Issues/Pt%20Perpendicular%20bag%20TN.gif>

She goes on to say that there is however public access around the perimeters. .

Maintainence to be Undertaken on Pt Hicks Lighthouse

Jeremy Ballenger informs me that work has finished on the partial restoration of the Cape Otway Lighthouse and that similar work is about to be undertaken at Point Hicks.

Jeremy has indicated that he will do a full report in a future Bulletin.


This Month's Featured Honorary Lighthouse Keeper:

The Late Brian Lord

After nearly 38 years in the Australian Regular Army, I retired at age 55 years.  These were very good years, even though interspersed with WWII, and Korea and Vietnam wars. 

It was thus that I returned to civilian life with a feeling of "Goodbye and Good Luck to you.  I am thus a superannuant. 

I have spent the past 20+ years traveling a bit, gardening at home and also eight years as Head Gardener at Kalkee Aged Homes in Francis Street.  Apart from these activities, I became a collector of Australian and New Zealand stamps, but when Australia Post deluged the market with all sorts of ancillary (and mainly useless items), I cried quits ... and then changed to thematics (both bridges and Lighthouses).  I became really "gone" on lighthouses after  a couple of years, and have been an avid collector since about 1988-89. 

I feel happy and contented in my pursuit of the "Towers of Light", and am still collecting them whenever I see/hear of one in the offing, and I also play Lawn Bowls in minor pennant every weekend, and once or twice during the week. 

LIFE IS VERY GOOD ( at 80).

The Late Brian Lord 
  Brian passed away

9th December 1998

I would like to note that when preparing the February Bulletin that when I selected the photographs it was surprising how many of these were Brians.  It again reminded me of the contribution his interest in lighthouses has made to this project.

A special page has been set up to include profiles on people who are consistant in their support for the Project.  This can be found at <http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/About/Profiles.htm>.


Regards until the March 99 Bulletin
Malcolm Macdonald

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

 

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