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The Lady Bay Lower Lighthouse

The Lady Bay Low Lighthouse in the Flagstaff Maritime Museum at Warrnambool overlooks the bay from which it takes it name. It started life, one part as an obelisk, the other part as an earlier lighthouse.

The Lady Bay Low Lighthouse.  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lady Bay Lower Lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill, Warrnambool
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 38㮶' S, Longitude 142⹮3' E (Map)
OPERATOR: Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
CHARACTER: Fixed light with red and green sectors
LIGHT SOURCE: -
POWER SOURCE: Mains Power
INTENSITY: -
ELEVATION: 27 Metres
RANGE: 5 Nautical Miles
HEIGHT: -

History

The square tower was originally built in 1854 as one of two obelisks on Flagstaff Hill. The light was originally used in its predecessor, the Beach Lighthouse, built in 1859. This lighthouse was the leading lighthouse but was ineffective due to lack of elevation.

During 1871-72, the light was relocated to the top of the obelisk. At the same time the old Middle Island Lighthouse was relocated stone by stone to replace the other obelisk further up Flagstaff Hill to become the Lady Bay Upper Light.

The light was originally powered by oil, then gas and finally electricity. The Lower Lighthouse is still in use.


The Lady Bay Low Lighthouse.  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lower Lighthouse overlooks Lady Bay

Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lady Bay Low Lighthouse overlooking the bay from which it takes it name.  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lady Bay Lower Lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill, Warrnambool
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas

Access

The lighthouse reserve is now part of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. An entry fee is charged.

The Lady Bay Low Lighthouse overlooking the bay from which it takes it name.  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lower Lighthouse overlooks Lady Bay
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas


Features

US Lighthouse Society Tours Australia - Part 2 Bulletin Jun 02
Lighthouses From the Air - Part 3 Bulletin Nov 01
Australian Lighthouse Tour Bulletin Dec 00
Photographic Expedition Bulletin Mar 98


The Lady Bay Lower Lighthouse
Photograph: Bob Adams


Notices

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) 2003 Bulletin Jun 03


The Lady Bay Lighthouse from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


The Surrounding Area


Special Thanks to:

  • 4C's Enterprises
  • Ed Kavaliunas for Photographs
  • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
  • Bob Adams for Photograph
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph

Sources:

  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid
  • The Lighthouses of Victoria by Dacre Smyth

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