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Bulletin - Vol 9 No. 2
Tasman Island Lighthouse centenary celebrations postponed
The Tasman Island Lighthouse centenary celebrations planned for Sunday 2 April 2006 (as mentioned recently in the News section on the homepage) unfortunately had to be postponed due to bad weather.
Helicopter flights to the island had been organised by the Rotary Club, but the inclement weather made the trip too dangerous. LoA members Garry Searle & Malcolm Macdonald were among those who had organised to make the trip, and both hope to return for the rescheduled journey on Sunday 23 April 2006.
Members of the Friends of Tasman Island, including LoA Inc President Denise Shultz and her daughter Bonnie, were able to gain access to the island a week earlier, ensuring that their planned working bee went ahead. The working bee team took time out to mark the lighthouse's 100 years in a showing of flags (as seen in the photo at right).
A report on the working bee and the centenary celebrations will be featured in the next Bulletin.
Lighthouse stamp issue - May 2006
A new Australia Post lighthouse stamp issue will be launched at the Wollongong Head Lighthouse in Wollongong NSW on Tuesday 2 May 2006, at around 10:00am.
The 5 stamps feature the following 20th century lighthouses: Point Cartwright Mooloolaba Qld 1979, Wollongong Head NSW 1937, Point Lonsdale Vic 1902, Casuarina Point Bunbury WA 1971 and Cape Don on the Cobourg Peninsula NT 1916.
Four of the five stamps are based on photos by John Ibbotson, who also supplied 39 of the 40 lighthouse photos used in the issue. As well as a First Day Cover, Post Cards and Maxi Cards, there will be an excellent Prestige Booklet.
Visit the Australia Post website at www.auspost.com.au to order online after the stamp issue has been launched.
Polly Woodside Melbourne Maritime Museum to close
|John Ibbotson, LoA
Inc member and lighthouse author reports that the Port
Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society recently reported that
the Polly Woodside
Melbourne Maritime Museum would be closed at the end of April for the next two years.
The closure is being done while extensions are made to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre (known colloquially as "Jeff's Shed"). There will also be new facilities built for the museum a little further down river, with the Polly Woodside staying at its current berthing on the Yarra River.
No news is available on whether the reconstructed Point Gellibrand Lighthouse will be moved with the museum.
Three Hummock Island caretakers
Three Hummock Island has a need for volunteer caretakers from 15 May 2006 through to December. The leaseholder has a preference for people who would like to do longer caretaking stints of 2-6 months, etc, however shorter stints may be possible.
Those who are interested can email Christian Bell, LoA Inc Tasmanian representative, stating the length of time they can remain on the island, their preferred dates, and details of relevant experience, and their details will be forwarded onto the leaseholder.
The Lighthouse: the movie
A snippet of entertainment news from Hollywood that may interest readers...
Touchstone Pictures has acquired The Lighthouse, a claustrophobic thriller by Dean DeBlois, whose previous writing credits include Mulan and Lilo & Stitch. This story may be a change of direction for DeBlois. Gunn Films is the production company.
The story takes place off the coast of Brittany in the English Channel, where the lightkeepers live an isolated existence. When a technician visits the island to install new equipment in the lighthouse, he begins to discover the dark secrets of the two brothers who live there.
Electric Mirror on the Pharos Lighthouse
Introducing Larry Brian Radka’s latest work: The Electric Mirror on the Pharos Lighthouse and Other Ancient Lighting.
Electric batteries, 2000 years ago?
Larry's comprehensive history book is about electric lighting in antiquity. It contains the testimony of a multitude of ancient and modern authorities, several maps, over 200 high quality illustrations of ancient coins, bas-reliefs, and other hard evidence, supported by numerous footnotes, a dozen pages of endnotes, an extensive bibliography, photos and indexes. Apparently, there is enough evidence to persuade even the most orthodox sceptic that the ancients possessed a vast amount of electrical technology.
"Whenever, in the pride of some new discovery, we throw a look into the past, we find, to our dismay, certain vestiges which indicate the possibility, if not the certainty, that the alleged discovery was not totally unknown to the ancients," wrote Madame H. P. Blavatsky, in Isis Unveiled, well over a hundred years ago. "It is generally asserted that neither the early inhabitants of the Mosaic times, nor even the more civilized nations of the Ptolemaic period were acquainted with electricity. If we remain undisturbed in this opinion, it is not for the lack of proofs to the contrary."
We have contacted the author, who is sending us a review copy. Stay tuned for further info.
Winstanley's lighthouses painted by Peter Monamy
Charles Harrison Wallace is a lecturer and author who has spent 25 years researching the life of his ancestor, the 18th century marine artist Peter Monamy.
Henry Winstanley was a 17th century engineer who built the first lighthouse of the modern era on Eddystone Reef, at Plymouth England in 1700. Monamy painted images of Winstanley's lighthouses and Wallace examines his ancestor's work in these web pages:
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