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Letter from the Editor
Welcome to the April Bulletin, edition 2/2004.
Work and family commitments of the Publication Committee will mean that the Bulletin will be published bi-monthly throughout 2004. With regard to my own commitments, I purchased my first home on 1 March 2004, (unfortunately not with a lighthouse view as I might have wished), but nonetheless, the responsibilities of home ownership will take over a significant amount of my time.
This Bulletin continues with the story of my lighthouse travels around Sydney in 2001. In this episode, we visit Macquarie, Hornby and Barranjoey lighthouses.
In "The Griffins of Cape Moreton", Phil Shanahan, President of the Queensland Lighthouse Historical Society talks about his lighthouse-keeping ancestors, and how a gravestone was erected in their memory.
Continuing in the series, we profile Lighthouses of Australia Inc Committee member, Sharon Fielden. Sharon spent her childhood on various Queensland lighthouses, whilst her father served as a lighthouse keeper.
Good news with the Cape Jaffa Platform, also known as the Margaret Brock Reef Platform. A stay of execution had been granted.
The founders of the Saving the MV Cape Don Society are calling for parties to chip into a fighting fund, so that the Cape Don can be moved from Sydney to Newcastle for restoration.
The future of the Nobbys Head Lighthouse is still uncertain, with plans unveiled for a café to be built at the foot of the tower, and the keepers' cottages to be used for accommodation.
The results of the two recent lighthouse-related auctions are reported: Split Point Lighthouse keepers' cottages at Airey's Inlet, Victoria, and Swan Island, off the coast of Tasmania.
The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse in Western Australia is celebrating its centenary in mid-April. All interested parties are invited to attend.
LoA is putting out another call to the manufacturers and distributors of lighthouse-themed collectors items, so that we can collate a database to supply to collectors and lighthouse buffs.
LoA receives many letters from readers, and some of them are published in the Bulletin. A brother and sister relate the story of their great-grandfather who was employed by the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service in the early 1900s. One reader is seeking information on a relative who was a keeper at Fraser Island, another recalls a family friend who allowed them to visit whilst he was on light-keeping duties at Point Perpendicular. The Cape Jaffa Platform battle receives some support from the UK, and we hear of a little bit more about the mysterious lighthouse newspaper, the "Lighthouse Mission".
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NSW Lighthouse trip - Part 2 - Macquarie, Hornby & Barranjoey
By Kristie Eggleston, Bulletin Editor
In August 2001, my sister and I visited Sydney and saw most of the lighthouses in Sydney Harbour and environs. Part 2 of the story documents our travels to see the Macquarie, Hornby and Barranjoey Lighthouses.
Part 1 published in the February 2004 Bulletin covered the lights around Sydney Harbour, whilst Part 3, which will be published in the next Bulletin, covers our adventures further south.
After having spent a whole day searching for Sydney Harbour lights, we decided to have a lighthouse-free day, heading inland through the Berowa Valley Regional Park, and then into the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, where we enjoyed the natural bush setting along with hundreds of other Sydneysiders on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. We drove to West Head (map), where there is a fantastic view across the Pittwater to Barranjoey Head and the Barranjoey Lighthouse.
Driving round through the national park, we travelled through the affluent northern beach suburb of Palm Beach, to reach the carpark at Barranjoey Head.
Surprised at the significant carpark fee of $9.00, Jen decided to remain in the car, whilst I took a short trek through the sand dunes towards the headland, looking for the access track to the lighthouse so that I could visit it on another day. Whilst I missed the track, which is located at the end of the beach on the Pittwater side, I did climb the big sand dune on the ocean side at the base of the headland, and marvelled at the small pocket of rainforest on the protected south side of the headland. I returned to the car, vowing to come back again in the next few days.
The following day we went to see Australia's oldest lighthouse, the Macquarie Lighthouse in Vaucluse.
The lighthouse is enormous - the attached building at the base of the tower has three doors on the western side, and all the features - the rounded domes of the roof, the cornices, window surrounds and doorways are elegant and impeccably maintained.
Access to the grounds of the lighthouse appeared to be unrestricted, although officially is only permitted on open days. The lightkeepers' cottages are well marked as restricted access, and appear to be privately owned or leased. Sydney Harbour Federation Trust occasionally run tours of the Macquarie lighthouse.
We traipsed through the rain along the clifftop reserve to the signal station, and then as time flew past, we realised we had very little time left to see the Hornby Lighthouse at South Head (map). The Hornby Lighthouse is located within Sydney Harbour National Park, and is accessed by a short walk along the headland via Camp Cove.
The circuitous walk to the Hornby Lighthouse leads past restricted Department of Defence land, a clothing-optional beach, and the lightkeepers' cottages. The lighthouse is very attractive, with red vertical stripes on the tower. It is located right on the tip of South Head, with amazing views across to North Head, Sydney Harbour, and the Pacific Ocean. There are also some fortifications on South Head built in the 1870s, designed to protect the outer harbour from any imminent threat.
The rain was clearing, and a spectacular rainbow developed just out to sea from North Head. With the sun setting over the Harbour providing a picturesque view, we returned to the car. As we drove past the Macquarie Lighthouse, we saw that the tower is spotlit at night, so we stopped for one last photo.
The next day I went on my own to Barranjoey. The walk along the beach to where the headland starts is an easy stroll, and is little preparation for the strenuous hike to the top. But the views along the way are worth it, looking back over the spit of sand dunes that joins Barranjoey Head to the rest of the land.
The main walking track follows the rough 4WD track to the top, and is made of large irregular rocks in some places. Another walk, enchantingly titled "Smugglers Track", tunnels through the rock and winds through the undergrowth via hand-carved steps, creating a quiet and dark atmosphere. This way to the lighthouse is steep, and easier to descend than climb.
Once at the top, the lighthouse and keepers' cottages have the most amazing views over Palm Beach, Pittwater, the Pacific Ocean and West Head. The tower and cottages were built using a beautiful sandstone, which has not been rendered or painted. The tower itself is relatively short, and is fenced off by a cyclone-wire fence. The keepers' cottages are built into the steep hill, and have very tall sandstone fences surrounding them. They were distinctly marked as "no access", so it was very difficult to see any detail of the cottages or their gardens. The foundations of a previous lighthouse can be seen further to the east of the lighthouse on the headland, and there is a grave of a former keeper not far from the lighthouse.
Below the gardens, there was a narrow track leading to a big rocky outcrop looking back over towards Palm Beach. I scrambled up to the top with my lunch, and dreamt of owning a Palm Beach property as I watched the thunderstorm clouds over Sydney. I rang my boss on my mobile phone saying "Guess where I am right now...?", gleefully telling him to look at the LoA aerial photo of the Barranjoey headland to get an idea of how distant I was from work.
After a long while I thought I should be heading back. I took the Smugglers Track down, which gives leafy glimpses of Palm Beach, the big sand dunes on the ocean side of the headland, and the rainforest tucked between the headland and the sand dunes. As I returned to the car, I realised I had just had one of my favourite "lighthouse" days - one that will last in the memory for a long time.
...concludes in the next Bulletin.
The Griffins of Cape Moreton
Written by Phil Shanahan, edited by Steve Merson with acknowledgements to Lawrie Kavanagh
Cape Moreton lighthouse, near Brisbane, was constructed in 1857 from stone that was quarried and laid by mostly prison labour under the supervision of a contractor, Mr Faville of Sydney. It was the only manned Queensland lighthouse built in stone, and the first highway light established on the Queensland coast - although it was a couple of years before Queensland was separated in Dec 1859. The then NSW Government appointed William Brayden as Cape Moreton's first Superintendent.
That same year, Thomas Griffin married Mary Ann McKenzie in Brisbane. Thomas had migrated aboard the Vocalist from County Cork Ireland in 1856, aged 18, and had commenced work as a labourer. Mary, who was 19 years old, had not long arrived in Australia on the Glentomer, from Perth in Scotland. Both were unaccompanied by family members. They had ten children in the sixteen years they were together.
Ten years later, Thomas Griffin was serving as a lightkeeper at Cape Moreton. He had previously been a boatman at the Pilot Station at Bulwer on Moreton Island. Mary had given birth to six children by then, two of whom had died. Their first child Catherine was born in 1860 and died soon after, Thomas arrived in 1862, Annie in '63, William was born in '65 but only lived ten months, John came in '67, and Mary Jane was born in '69, just before the family moved to the lighthouse. Caroline was born there in 1871, and Florence, who was born the following year, only lived for six days. She was the first death at Cape Moreton. Mary's next pregnancy produced young Robert just one year later, in late '72. He survived just twenty-four days and was buried alongside his sister. The last child to be born was Edward, in 1874.
The greatest tragedy to befall this family occurred on the 8th August 1876, when Mary Ann Griffin died in childbirth at the young age of 37 years. Her husband Thomas buried her the next morning, leaving him with six children aged between 1 and 14 years old. As a consequence of this situation, it became mandatory for pregnant women to return to the mainland six weeks before a birth was imminent. A public school was opened on 31st August 1876, to educate the children of the lightkeepers and visiting workers. The role call had eighteen names the first year.
Thomas continued on as a lightkeeper for at least another seven years, until he was faced with yet another death. On the 3rd February 1883, his youngest son was kicked by a station horse and died the next day, as medical help was not readily available. Edward was buried with his mother.
Thomas must have decided it was time to leave the Cape and everything that had happened. Soon after Edward's death, records reveal that he signed on as Seaman on the government ship Lucinda. His son John also served on board as a Ship's Carpenter.
Thomas Griffin died at 80 on 26 August 1917 and is buried at Bulimba Cemetery.
Phil Shanahan is Thomas's great grandson, and the President of the Queensland Lighthouse Historical Society. His keen sense of history is born out of a young life spent on lighthouses in Queensland where his father, Thomas James Shanahan served as a Lightkeeper from 1929-1944. Phil knew that his great grandmother was buried at Cape Moreton, as he had a photo of the grave. Enquiring as to whether the graves still existed, Phil was told they had been swept into the sea during a great storm.
In October 1994, Phil decided to erect a commemorative plaque to his forebears who had been interred on the lighthouse reserve at the Cape. He obtained permission from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to do so, through Dennis Conroy, Administrative Officer Navigation Services.
Using old photos and maps, Phil and a group of friends established that there had been a massive sand blow many years ago and the grave sites had certainly been eradicated. So, they positioned the headstone as close as possible to the original location. That was that, so it seemed...
Three years later, Dennis Conroy contacted Phil Shanahan with some interesting information. Michael Aird, Curator, Australian Aboriginal Studies at the Queensland Museum had sought help from AMSA to establish the identity of human bones that had been in storage at the museum for 32 years. The Head Lightkeeper at Cape Moreton, Hal Cleese, had discovered the bones near the lighthouse in 1965, and thought they might have been Aboriginal, but elders had told museum staff that the Cape was not a traditional burial site.
Later examination proved them to be the remains of a European woman and a juvenile, no doubt Mary and her last surviving son, Edward. The remains of the two babies originally buried beside their mother would have been too fragile to have remained intact after so many years.
Phil returned to Cape Moreton, accompanied by the spirit of his great grandmother, great uncles Robert and Edward, and great aunt Florence. In the shadow of the lighthouse, far above the high water mark, the remains were again buried with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Phil Shanahan can be contacted for information regarding Queensland Lighthouse Service records.
LoA Committee Member profile - Sharon Fielden
I was 6 years old when my parents Robyn and Gordon Braid sold their house in Melbourne and packed my 5 year old brother Peter and I into a caravan for a trip around Australia
While he was there, he accepted a permanent position. What started out as a way to earn money to continue the caravan trip turned into almost 20 years on 7 Queensland lighthouses.
Peter and I moved to Townsville for work when our parents were transferred to Cape Cleveland but we took every opportunity to visit. My husband Mark and I were married at Double Island Point.
For me, lighthouse doesn't just mean the lighthouse tower. Its the amazing places I grew up, the lush or desolate surroundings, the tropical fish or the feral animals, the smell of a lighthouse or seaweed, the colour of a cyclonic sky or a sand dune.
Its also about the people. Souls searching for an adventure or solitude, as much pioneers as our forbearers, taking nothing for granted. There will be no more and they can't be forgotten.
Peter told me of the lighthouse website. I was amazed that someone had put so much effort into categorizing lighthouses and it was certainly a thrill to see our old homes on the screen.
Our parents have finally fulfilled their dreams of travelling Australia and are currently in Western Australia.
Cape Jaffa Platform news - possible stay of execution
On 27th February, the South Australia Department of Environment and Heritage said that it was not feasible for them to take over control of the platform, as there was too much risk.
On 2nd March, Rory McEwen was quoted on the ABC as being prepared to chain himself to the platform if necessary - a significant display of support from a State Government Minister. This report received full state radio news coverage.
Birds Australia might be a powerful ally. The March edition of their award-winning magazine, Wingspan has a feature article on the Cape Jaffa Platform.
On 3rd March, John Hunt and Robert Mock spent two hours in perfect tide and weather, diving around the base of the platform with an underwater camera and studying the integrity of the piles, braces, clamps and underside of the wooden decking.
The full diameter of the piles remains. There is a broken clamp around the main central eight-inch pile, which can be fixed, and the timber looks good from underneath. The maintenance platform (installed later than the original structure) was a stand-alone assembly with smaller piles and is posing some risk to the main structure as it breaks down, as it carries some beams at the mid-level of the main structure.
On 9th March, AMSA representatives Gary Prosser (Manager Navigation Safety) and Allan Crossing (Engineer) were present at a meeting at Kingston Council Chambers, to discuss the future of the platform. Fifty-five supporters for the preservation of the Cape Jaffa platform attended - the largest gallery the Council had ever had on any issue. AMSA presented for an hour and Robert Mock briefly presented the conservation argument.
Council moved to ask AMSA for a 12-month delay and Council would help to convince the State Government to transfer control over from AMSA. This motion was carried by all councillors present, to great acclamation from the gallery. A turning point in the campaign!
On 10th March, ABC radio interviewed the CEO of Kingston Council, who indicated that Kingston Council would pick up the process from this point and attempt to persuade AMSA to delay for the year any moves to demolish the platform.
Council will invite AMSA, Federal and State Government, and local reps to meet at Kingston to determine the method of reducing risk for the State. It seems improbable that the complete platform as it stands can be preserved. There are many different options and combinations to make the platform less risky for the State.
CEO Stephen Rufus suggested that a sign would be needed at the Cape to inform visitors about the platform.
Photos of the platform are still available, although they are selling like hot cakes. There are some polo shirts at $35. Gail and Ian Hetherington have sold a lot of photos and frames and will take orders.
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LATE BREAKING NEWS
It is official - a stay of execution. The platform lives! Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks for your interest.
A celebration might well be in order, and the venue will be the BBQ facilities at the Cape Jaffa Caravan Park on a weekend between Easter and Anzac Day. The weather will be great and we can have a run out to the platform and discuss its future and meet the rest of the team. More on this soon...
Send your ideas for ways in which to contribute to the day's socialising. Robert Mock will supply some wine. Accommodation is available for up to 6 adults. The lighthouse itself could be opened...
The 150th anniversary of the construction of the Lipson Beacon is another excuse to celebrate.
1 April - We believe that John Anderson has announced in a press release that AMSA would not be pulling down the platform for 12 months, and in the meantime a way of reducing risk would be explored. Hand-over to the State agencies is probable.
2 April - ABC Radio 5MG ran a story today and The Coastal Leader will run another story this coming week. Carol Whitelock's programme on State Radio ABC will have a sizeable piece on Monday 5 April at 2.30pm.
Previous Cape Jaffa (Margaret Brock Reef) Platform articles
Saving the Cape Don
by Chris Nicholls, MV Cape Don Society
Chris Nicholls, Secretary of the MV Cape Don Society Inc. is passing the hat around so that former members of the crew can chip in towards a fighting fund for the MV Cape Don - to prepare her for the passage from Sydney to Newcastle.
The ship cannot stay where she lies now. The NSW Waterways require her to be moved within the next few months, at the very outside. Newcastle offers a sound wharf where there is a good berth with access to shore power, fresh water and security.
Committee members have purchased a large portable generator, tools, wiring, lighting equipment, an immense amount of cleaning gear, galley appliances and utensils, spending thousands of dollars of their own to get the Cape Don to the improved state she is in today.
But current Society funds are insufficient to pay for the preparation of the ship for sea. She needs to be sealed up, decks cleared and insured for starters. Then it could cost more than $10,000 just to charter a tug to take her up there as a dead tow.
The other option is to get the main engine operating and at least two of her auxiliary generators on line, and steam her up the coast. This may be a better proposition, but it will still need a large slush fund and plenty of volunteer crew.
A Trust for ownership of the ship will soon be in place, to provide a mechanism for corporate sponsorship. Meanwhile, voluntary donations are keeping the ship from hitting the sand. The MV Cape Don Society acknowledges former crew for their years of service with the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service, and is appealing to their love of the ship, to dig deep and save her.
Perhaps a meat raffle down at the local pub, or a hat passed round at a gathering of shipmates - any extra funds that can be raised will go towards the cost of getting the ship to Newcastle. Once this has been achieved, authorities and sponsors may then come on board in support of such a dedicated effort from people who are interested in keeping the Cape Don afloat and working.
The Cape Pillar and Cape Moreton have both gone to the breakers and the Cape Don is the last of these wonderful ships.
Previous MV Cape Don articles:
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MV Cape Don Society - Press Release
25 February 2004
Return of the MV Cape Don to Newcastle means jobs for the Hunter Valley
An agreement struck between the Hunter Valley Training Company and MV Cape Don Society Inc. will see the MV Cape Don, a former lighthouse and navigational aids support vessel, return to her port of origin in Newcastle for restoration.
Plans are to tow the Cape Don to Newcastle from her current berth in Sydney Harbour in late March hopefully in time to take part in the National Maritime Festival held by the Newcastle Port Corporation. Her berth in Newcastle will guarantee that hundreds of trainees and apprentices from the Hunter Valley area will receive work and on-the-job training. She will be berthed at Lee Wharf, near the centre of the city, and parts of her will be open for inspection by the public even during restoration.
Chairman of the Hunter Valley Training Company, Milton Morris AO, said that the task of restoring 74 metres of rusting ship did not daunt him. "The Heritage Division of the Hunter Valley Training Company has already taken on some pretty challenging tasks," he said.
"Projects we have already completed include the restoration of several steam locomotives, vintage cars, heritage buildings, and even a cannon that had not been fired for over a century. In shipbuilding, we helped restore the tall ship James Craig as well as several smaller craft. The Cape Don is huge and will give us some very real challenges - but we have taken on challenges before!"
The MV Cape Don (2,200 GRT) was built in Newcastle in 1963, at a time when the Newcastle State Dockyards were producing some of the most advanced ships in the world. After being sold out of the Lighthouse Service in 1990, the Cape Don had a chequered career when the vessel was variously the subject of a scam to raise money from the Barcelona Olympics, a tramp sailing the vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean, and more recently while moored in Sydney Harbour, a haven for members of the Cave Clan - a group of urban adventurers who invade and occupy deserted public land and structures.
Derek Emerson-Elliott, President of the Cape Don Society Inc, said that the partnership with the Hunter Valley Training Company guaranteed that the Society's dream of getting the ship up and running as a working museum celebrating Australia's rich maritime heritage and available for useful public work around Australia's coastline, would become reality.
"When we saw this very special and completely Australian vessel lying sadly derelict and abandoned in a Sydney backwater - and destined for the breakers or to be sunk as part of an artificial reef - we decided to do something about it. Now we have members from all over Australia, including ex-crew of Cape Don, lighthouse enthusiasts, and maritime historians who know the ship's true worth", said Mr Emerson-Elliott.
"That many trainees and apprentices from Newcastle and the Hunter Valley area will benefit from the project adds a very special dimension," he added.
Further details and pictures of the MV Cape Don available on http://www.dcnicholls.com/mvcd
Nobbys Head Café
By Steve Merson, Chief Editor, courtesy of the Newcastle Herald
Nobbys Head will be re-developed as a commercial venture by a Newcastle-based investment company. Plans are yet to be completed, but it is understood that an 80-seat cafe will be built at the foot of the 1857 lighthouse tower, open to the public for breakfast and lunch and available for private evening functions. The three white-washed cottages will be renovated and enlarged to three bedrooms each for overnight accommodation.
An "interpretive centre" will be incorporated into the finished design. It is intended that the displays will pay tribute to the headland's history and its use, before and after European settlement.
Neil Slater heads up the Nobbys Lighthouse Consortium and states that the restoration and improvements will be ecologically and historically sensitive. It is expected that the refurbishment will be completed by the end of this year and will cost around $2.4 million.
The reserve has limited open areas surrounding the buildings, so the site will be off-limits to most private vehicles. A shuttle will run during the day, ferrying passengers from Newcastle to the lighthouse facilities. The cliff edge is unstable and limitations will be imposed on pedestrian traffic, particularly at night.
The commercial use for the site should offer a balance between the aims of maintaining the heritage structures and providing the community safe access to an icon that most people have only seen from a distance since the walled beacon was erected there 147 years ago.
Previous Nobbys Head articles:
Auction results - Split Point Lightkeepers' cottages and Swan Island
by Kristie Eggleston, Bulletin Editor
In the February 2004 Bulletin, we reported that two of the keepers' cottages at Split Point, Airey's Inlet, in Victoria were being auctioned, and Swan Island, just off the coast of Tasmania, was also for sale.
The week before the auction, I visited the Split Point cottages whilst they were open for inspection, having never seen them before.
The cottages were quaint, with antique furniture in many rooms, and a magnificent display of lighthouse, maritime and local history photos and pictures decorating the first room of the larger cottage.
From outside, the building looks like a very large home, but is split inside into two separate residences, although access between the two is possible via several internal doors, and via the verandah, both front and back. The dividing doors separating the two cottages are very small, and appear to have been simply cut out of the wood panelling which make up the walls.
Another architectural oddity was that there were a few sash windows in internal walls of the cottage which opened like an external window between rooms. For example there was an open window between one of the small bedrooms and the kitchen. Perhaps the cottage was renovated and extended at some time during its past, and these windows used to be on the outside wall of the building.
Whilst much of the furniture and decor was old-fashioned, the renovated kitchen and lounge room and the modern items like clock-radios and TVs overrode any sense of history. It was not easy to imagine life as a lighthouse keeper living in these cottages from times gone past.
The following weekend I attended the auction, where there was an enormous crowd of at least a couple hundred people. A camera crew from Channel 7 were in attendance, and their helicopter was parked in the gardens of the main lighthouse keepers' cottage.
The cottages had been advertised as being offered on separate titles, with an estimated purchase price of AU$700,000 for the smaller, less renovated cottage and AU$800,000 for the larger cottage.
The auctioneer offered a bottle of champagne to the person who was brave enough to put in the first bid, and after a long wait, someone offered $700,000. The auctioneer then indicated that the properties were being sold as one entity, and put in a bid on behalf of the vendor of AU$1.45 million. The crowd went quiet, and some appeared to be surprised that it was being sold as one lot.
Eventually someone upped the bid to $1.47 million, where it stayed, and was eventually passed in. The crowd slowly dispersed, and the camera crew returned to their helicopter, circling around the lighthouse tower and heading off back to Melbourne, to file a story on city residents buying up seaside property.
Footnote: The auction result was reported in local newspapers, The Geelong Advertiser and The Echo - the cottages were sold for an undisclosed figure over AU$1.5 million.
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They have no immediate plans to develop the island and want to retain it for their own enjoyment. An article published in the Melbourne newspaper, The Age, on 14 March 2004, indicates that while the new owners wish to remain anonymous, they intend to live on the island, and continue to run the tourist guesthouse there.
The island was put on the market in 2002 for AU$1.8 million, but failed to sell. This time, the interest was significantly greater, with much publicity in print and television media.
Cape Naturaliste centenary
by Leon Chidlow, Lighthouse Manager, Cape Naturaliste
An open day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cape Naturaliste will be held at the lighthouse on Sunday, 18 April 2004, at 9.30am. All are welcome.
Past keepers and their families, lighthouse department staff (past and present), and those people with a special interest are invited to submit any information that may help to celebrate the occasion.
Lighthouses of Australia Inc Secretary, Pauline O'Brien, will be setting up a LoA stall, as will a number of other organisations, including the Department of Conservation and Land Management and the Bureau of Meteorology.
Contact: Leon Chidlow (lighthouse manager)
By Steve Merson, Chief Editor
Attention collectors and producers of lighthouse images and icons, and managers/caretakers of lightstations that have brochures and miniature models of their lighthouse.
We receive numerous enquiries from our readers, asking where photos, postcards, miniature models etc. of Australian lighthouses can be obtained. Some enquiries come from overseas and we believe many people are keen to add to their collections of lighthouse paraphernalia.
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