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Oma's Story
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Banners for Your Links

As a response to demand and because a few people have done 'homemade" banners I have released 3 banners for use in different situations. So if anyone out there has a link, or intends to place a link to the Project site they are as follow:

Paste Code: <p><a href=""><img src="" width="300" height="107" border="0" alt="This site is a project is a comprehensive representation of Australian lighthouses on the Internet"></a>
Paste Code: <a href=""><img src="" width="300" height="107" border="0" alt="Lists new lighthouse web pages for Australia. Reports the months Australian News. Can you help with the Department of Scrounge!"></a>
Paste Code: <a href=""><img src="" width="300" height="107" border="0" alt="The Lighthouse World Links page is an exit back to the lighthouse sites for rest of the world from a very comprehensive Australian lighthouse site."></a>

Also, I had had some enquiries as to the origin of the banner photo used and the lighthouse.

It is the Cape Otway Lighthouse in Victoria and the occasion was its 150th anniversary celebrated in August 1998. It was taken by Ed Kavaliunas who has taken many of the lighthouse photographs on the site

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 Rocky Cape Lighthouse The Rocky Cape Lighthouse New.gif (158 bytes)
The Cape Tourville Lighthouse on the Freycinet PeninsulaNew.gif (158 bytes) The Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Point Home Lookout Lighthouse near Triabunna The Point Home Lookout Lighthouse near TriabunnaNew.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 <>

New Links for Australia:

No new links for Australia this month

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Also, New Links for World:

Negril's Historic Lighthouse in Jamaica Negril's Historic Lighthouse in Jamaica New.gif (158 bytes)
The Amédée Lighthouse in NouméaNew.gif (158 bytes) The Amédée Lighthouse in Nouméa
6 Estonian lighthouses by EKTA 6 Estonian lighthouses by EKTA New.gif (158 bytes)
The Swedish Lighthouse SocietyNew.gif (158 bytes) The Swedish Lighthouse Society
The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society New.gif (158 bytes)
Lighthouses Online by Joe Szarmach Jr.New.gif (158 bytes) Lighthouses Online by Joe Szarmach Jr.

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Feature: Oma's Story

Oma's Story is an excerpt of a web page that describes one woman and her families migration to Australia after WW II to join the Lighthouse Service. The original story can be found at the following addresses:

Abridged (English): <>
Abridged (Dutch): <>

Unabridged: <>

[Oma's Story by Tine Jagerman]

Tine Jagerman

... Immediately after the war ended there was much talk about emigration and Tante Rietje spoke to us about it. We went to a film about Australia, which showed us kangaroos and kookaburras and exotic flowers and sandy beaches etc..... It all seemed wonderful and a real adventure.

However we heard also stories from people who had emigrated and were sent to migrant camps and I was not happy about the idea that we would leave the security of a job and a house for something like a camp in an unknown country. I thought Dad should have a job before we left for Australia. So I bought Australian Newspapers, the Age etc., which were 6 weeks old, and wrote applications for several jobs I thought would suit Dad.

On one letter - to the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service - we received an answer, offering a position as lighthouse keeper in Tasmania, if we could arrive within the next 12 months. We hardly knew where Tasmania was and looked it up on the map and read the information in the Winkler Prins, which wasn't much.

However we decided to go ahead and with this letter it would make things a lot easier. Auntie and Uncle decided that they would go as well and we hoped that it would be possible to go together and offer each other support.

It was on one day in July 1952, I think it was a Friday, that we received notice that a berth would be available for the next Tuesday (!) on the SS "Nelly".

That threw us into a panic. Since we had started to think about emigration which was several months ago, I had become pregnant again. So my first reaction was to wait till the baby was born. I was a bit worried about having a baby in a strange country, although later I thought that babies would be born every day in Australia as well and that I would be all right. But I rang the steamship company, just in case there was a way out, but I was told that if we did not take this opportunity, we would go to the bottom of the list. The man on the phone said, "Anyway it is much easier to travel now than with a newborn baby".

This seemed reasonable enough although I later had second thoughts about the "easy travelling" because I was seasick most of the time we spent at sea.

I had already been in touch with the wife of the head keeper at Eddystone Point and knew that it was not necessary to take any furniture. We would be allotted a furnished house.

The Nelly

The "Nelly" was a troopship which had been converted (not much) to take migrants to Australia. It was an awful ship. Dad and Paul were in a dormitory for 75 men and I was in a 12 bunk cabin with the two girls.

Because by this time I was about 5-6 months pregnant, I was seasick practically all the time, I had my meals in the cabin most times (although this was really not allowed) but the smell of those dreadful dining rooms made me feel sick.

Life on board was like living in a refugee camp. I had a terrible time, because of the seasickness but the others amused themselves with playing cards, dancing and other games.

Teresa was always on the go and many times we had to search high and low to find her. She refused to stay in the play area with the other children.

She and Lucy were only little toddlers and sometimes they had an 'accident' so we (Auntie and I) had to do washing in the primitive facilities of the ship. No throw-away nappies in those days.

We were allowed on shore in Cape Town and the remarkable thing was that I felt O.K. as soon as I touched terra firma. I don't remember much of Cape Town although it was our first encounter with 'apartheid' as we saw buildings, telephone booths, etc., with signs saying "whites only" or such like. We also had our first milkshake there which was a great favourite with the children.

Then off again to the ship and on to Fremantle where the immigration officials came on board, and forms had to be filled in. I signed a form for child endowment and put T.Dobber-Jagerman as I was used to doing, but they did not accept this and crossed off the 'Jagerman'.

Paul had his birthday on board (8 years old) and we gave him his present, which was a box of Meccano we had brought with us from Holland.

At last we arrived in Melbourne and were met by a gentleman from the Department. We were taken to a city migrant hostel, somewhere near the Exhibition Building. We had £ 50 landing money and we had to use this money to buy mattresses, because we had left those behind.

This did not leave us much money, but we could order provisions from Mr. Twist (Green's in Williamstown) who was the regular supplier of Lighthouses and he gave us credit, until the first payment of wages would come through.

All our stuff was put on the Cape York, but our big packing case was to come a few weeks later from the ship. We were going to Cape Schanck and we could get there over land and we would be able to shop in Rosebud.

The Cape Schanck Lighthouse

So off we went to our great adventure!

It was a complete change from the life we were used to, electricity from a dynamo, cooking on a wood stove, heating water in the copper for baths and washing.

I had written to the Correspondence School for lessons for Paul and they had a course especially for migrant children who had to learn English first, before going on to the normal school lessons.

One evening I felt that the time was there and we had a taxi coming from Rosebud to pick us up. We had to go to Dromana, which was the nearest hospital. I had already been to the doctor there a few times with the lady from the lighthouse (Mrs. Gledhill) so I knew the doctor. However, he wasn't there when the baby was born so the nurses delivered the baby. All went well, although I had at first difficulty in understanding the special hospital language, but that was soon O.K.

They were surprised that I could speak such reasonable English after only having been in the country for 6 weeks. I had a nice time in hospital, listening to the radio, hearing that Eisenhower had been elected President of the USA and that was big news.

Dad went to see the priest in Dromana and when we left hospital we had the little heathen baptised first, before going home!

Baby Marc

When Marc was 4 months old, we were transferred to Eddystone Point in Tasmania. We went by the Cape York and we enjoyed this trip very much. Marc slept in our cabin on the little seat, which could be made into a little bed for him by putting a board against it so he could not fall out.

Lucy was a favourite with the mate and he carried her around with him and let her hold his fishing line etc. He said she reminded him of his own little daughter.

The Eddystone Point Lighthouse

Life at Eddystone was very good, it was for Dad a completely new life because he had to chop wood, paint the lighthouse (at Cape Schanck), polish the lenses, and keep watch during the night.

I also had to do a lot of work I had never done before, like baking bread, looking after the garden and the chooks, teaching Paul and later Beppie and the other girls. But there were no distractions like cinema or shopping and when the children were in bed, I had lots of time for reading and writing letters.

We spent three years in Eddystone and once had a holiday with Theo and Rietje who lived in an old farmhouse in Broadmeadows outside Melbourne.

Rie & Theo

I taught Paul for one year (grade 3) and then we sent him to boarding school in Hobart at St. Virgil's College. He straightaway topped his class and did very well throughout his time at school.

Then I started teaching Teresa and then Lucy the three R's by correspondence lessons and this went very well. I had a lively correspondence with the teachers who even bought a dictionary and books as gifts for the children when I sent them the money.

We spent 3 years at Eddystone Point. Rietje stayed with us for a considerable time and also Beppie spent months with us until they established themselves in Launceston where Theo opened a Pastry cook business.

This gave us the opportunity to get away from the Lighthouse and move to Launceston. We liked the life at the Lighthouse but we didn't want to send all the children away to boarding schools ...

Frederik Christiaan Dobber & Tine (HMB) Dobber-Jagerman Today
Frederik Christiaan Dobber & Tine (HMB) Dobber-Jagerman Today.
[Photograph Courtsey : Maria Grist]

Australian News:

Troubridge Cottages to be Abandoned?

John Lawly and Chris Johnson have informed me that Troubridge Island had a particularly bad winter this year with the size of the island (shoal) being reduced from 12 acres to 2 acres. The cottages this year are more under threat than the actual lighthouse and the wave action has so badly effected this area that that if the area can't be stablised the cottages will be either abandoned or relocated.

The Troubridge Lighthouse has survived the shoals many incarnations. [Photograph: Chris Johnson]
The Troubridge Lighthouse has survived the shoals many incarnations.
[Photograph: Chris Johnson]

Chris says the site has been inspected by and engineer and funding of $30,000 has been applied for under a heritage maintenance scheme.

The first option will be to place a rock groin strategically so that as the island changes shape the area around the cottages and lighthouse will always retain its sand and therefore survive.

If the funding is not forthcoming then the main cottage may be relocated. This would present major problems due to the nature of the construction of the building and therefore is very unlikely.

If the cottages are lost then Chris, and his partner Judy will have to give up their lease on the cottages where they provide lighthouse accommodation. Chris stated that a final decision will probably come about at the onset of next winter.

Thanks to the Following People for Their Help in August:

Graeme Steinbeck (Info)
Ian Clifford (Info)
Beryl Royal (Info and photos)
Kevin Mulcahy (Info & Leads)
Dan Grieve (Proof reading etc)
Kris Filsell (Proof reading etc)
Joanne Hayes (Info & leads)
Doug Meng (Leads)
Cyril Curtain (Photo)
Elizabeth Harford (Photos & Info)
Nick & Margarette Stephens (Info)

Thanks to all the people who have put links to the site

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

Regards until the October 99 Bulletin
Malcolm Macdonald

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