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Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Issues

Lonsdale hides its light under a bushel for now

By Amber Stannard, The Geelong Advertiser, 26 November 1997

Point Lonsdale just doesn't look the same with her grand old lady under wraps.

But lighthouse-lovers need not fear, the 95-year-old landmark is not being pulled down.

She is being given a facelift so she can guard the gateway to Port Phillip for another century.

Work on the Point Lonsdale lighthouse is due to be finished in mid-December and there are hopes it can be opened to the public.

Queenscliff Maritime Centre and Museum spokesman Albert Brown said that as the closest lighthouse to visit by car from Melbourne, it would be a strong drawcard for Point Lonsdale.

Mr Brown said the lighthouse was being sandblasted, sealed and painted.

The Point Lonsdale lighthouse is automatic, but still manned.

Point Lonsdale received a signal station in 1852 to help ships negotiate its dangerous waters.

Four years later, a red pillar beacon was built to warn of Lonsdale Rock.

A wooden lighthouse from Shortland Bluff was then dismantled and re-erected at Point Lonsdale.

The present lighthouse, which is 21m high, was built in 1902, but its wooden counterpart was not cut up for firewood until 1912.

Photograph: Laurie Sharp
Photograph: Laurie Sharp
Photograph: Laurie Sharp
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas

Special Thanks to:

  • Ed Kavaliunas for Photographs
  • Laurie Sharp for Photographs
  • The Geelong Advertiser


  • Lighthouses at Port Philip Heads by ET (Ray) Raison
  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid

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