Steering Committee is Meeting Regularly to Get New Body Going
The Lighthouses of Australia Steering Committee has been meeting on a regular basis and has finally approved the draft of the Rules for Incorporation and attached a Statement of Purposes.
Hopefully these documents will be lodged with Corporate Affairs this week and once approved we will be able to start accepting as members the good number who have expressed and interest over the past few months.
If you haven't applied yet check out Join Proposed Lighthouses of Australia Inc link below.
The Steering committee is now going into a planning stage so that we can "hit the ground with our feet running" as soon as the incorporation is through. Part of this procedure is to people involved in documenting the everyday procedure for producing pages and the Monthly Bulletin.
New Incumbents at Wilsons Promontory
Kate Riddell and Matt Harrington have taken over as caretakers at the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse.
After some months of phones calls and interviews they were offered the position, and on Monday the 18th September Peter and Pat Sutton walked up the hill for the last time to leave Kate and Matt on their own.
Kate says "There seems to have been a lot written over the years about the lightstation and outlying islands. Unfortunately, no-one has pooled it in one place. I would like to begin that process and am hoping you will be able to assist me. Any assistance from yourself or your subscribers would be greatly appreciated".
Kate has had the Internet connected to the lighthouse and is looking forward to putting together stories about their adventures as they look after the light over the next 2 years.
We are certainly looking forward to hearing about how Kate and Matt settle in in the first few months and wish them the best of luck.
Riddle of Lost Wilsons Promontory Log Books Solved?
Keith Banks <firstname.lastname@example.org>, who was formerly at Wilsons Promontory with his parents, who were the keepers at the time, has informed us that the log books that Peter Cooke was looking for would have been stored in the Radio shed that was destroyed in the 1951 bush fires.
[Ian Clifford <email@example.com>.]
Sometimes subtle little things make you stand back and think to yourself, I am reaching them, yes I am ! So you could have knocked me over with a feather when my ten year old daughter Jessica said as we passed Mc Donalds or Mc Muckers the Scottish fast food outlet as I preferred to refer to it on our recent trip to the NSW North Coast. "No dad we can keep going, I don't really like it that much anyway."
This together with the "how many lighthouses are we visiting on this holiday dad?"
"That's OK, I might come with you on one visit", has left me sweating on the Christmas list!
We are on our way to South West Rocks to visit Smokey Cape, Byron Bay to soak the ambience, catch up with relatives and photograph the internals of the lighthouse and back to Yamba for a bit of R&R and yes photograph the lighthouse.
South West Rocks, our first stop is still a small coastal town about 30km North East of Kempsey off the highway at the mouth of the Macleay River, better known for its beautiful coastal scenery and nearby Trial Bay Gaol, which is now a tourist attraction rather than the lighthouse at Smokey Cape 6km to the east.
Smokey Cape was first lit on the 15 April 1891 and bears many of the James Barnet characteristics. It shares an identical first order 9-sided Chance Bros optic with Point Perpendicular. This rotates on a bearing pedestal once every 60 sec producing a group flashing 3 every 20 sec character. With their 9 darkness-piecing beams these lights are truly magnificent at night especially after a good optic polish.
A subsidiary red light originally operated to cover Fish Rock from the large aperture below the balcony. Unlike its younger sister Smokey Cape is connected to mains power and continues to operate with its 1,000-watt lamp, spared the indignity of a Tupperware tower beside it.
tower is a concrete octagonal structure standing 17.4 metres to the
Like many lighthouses, water ingress is one of the major problems and Smokey Cape has not been spared here either. It's always heartening to see restoration in progress.
The cottages at Smokey Cape are available for accommodation. With close proximity to South West Rocks, beautiful beaches either side and the rugged surrounding coastline you could easily settle in and not want to leave. Not to mention the comfort that these beautiful cottages provide. Bookings can be made by phoning 02 65666301.
As I leave the station to meet up with the rest of the family I am treated to the sight of a pod of whales a few hundred metres off shore below the lighthouse, I pause to reflect on the times that the keepers must have stood on the lighthouse balcony on a calm night and heard the calls of the migrating whales.
With the choice made, we head off for a pizza and a walk around the town waterfront. Tomorrow we head for Byron Bay.
Byron is a place I always love to visit. Its changed so much since my time there but it still has a feel that's special and ambiance and vibrancy abound. My relations are also my friends and a beer at the Railway Hotel to chat about the latest changes to the town is a must do.
Cape Byron lighthouse is impressive. Its Australia's most powerful, at 2.2 million candelas its massive first order dioptric bivalve double flashing apparatus revolving on a mercury bath gives a single flash every 15 sec presenting a loom that is truly darkness piercing.
Manufactured by French Company, Societe des Etablisement, Henry Lepante, Paris the light was first lit in December 1901 and is a rare case of French optical equipment in an Australian lighthouse.
A subsidiary red light to warn of the Julian Rocks operates from an aperture in the North face of the tower. The current red beacon is a modern plastic API unit.
The original Chance beacon is stored in what was the keeper's office to the right of the front door. Also stored in this room is the original clockwork mechanism, the weights can still be seen at the bottom of the weight tube.
Standing on an almost sheer 90 metre cliff the tower is 18 metres high and constructed of preformed concrete blocks cement rendered inside and out. Its design can almost certainly be attributed to James Barnet.
Byron lighthouse is Australia's most visited lighthouse, partly because
of its spectacular location and proximity to Australia's most easterly
point. The assistant keepers cottage is available for rent by contacting
Like many coastal communities, Byron Bay has a rich maritime history, as coastal shipping was the sole means of transport and communication prior to rail.
also shares this heritage being located on the southern side of the
mouth of the Clarence River. Yamba and Illuka on the Northern side of
the mouth still support large fishing fleets and have the odd large
vessel visit the Port of Yamba.
present lighthouse was built in the early 1950's to replace the original
lighthouse, identical to the existing light at Richmond River, which
was located further back on the headland where the reservoirs now stand
behind the pilots cottage.
Our week in Yamba passes as holidays do, when you are blessed with good company and good weather, very quickly. We say good-bye to our friends from Brisbane for another year as we head South and they North. The question is, where to go next year.
First Baby Born on Tasman Island
Looking for John Pope, Formerly of Lady Elliot
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Further Delays in Opening Split Point Lighthouse to Public
The opening of Split Point on a regular basis has had further delays. The local council has been keen to open this light to the public and on days where it has been opened it has attracted up to 3,000 people. The light is a well known landmark that is visible as you travel along the Great Ocean Road and is also known for the role it plays as the lighthouse in the television series based on Paul Jennings "Around the Twist" books.
The possible opening has raised concerns for residents on the road approaching the lighthouse a report by PathFinder Marketing was commissioned into the potential effect of opening the lighthouse for regular tours.
The major concern is that the road to the tower winds through residential areas and is unsealed.
The report has now been completed and has been presented to the sub-committee responsible for investigating opening the tower. The committee will make it's final report to the Surf Coast Shire Council in November.
Here at the Project, we hoped to have had a closer look at the report before the November Bulletin
Anyone with any articles or stories effecting Australian Lighthouse are welcome to contribute them.
In August I announced my intention of leaving the Project and the intention of forming a incorporated body to take over. The response so far has been quite positive with interest from people with all sorts of backgrounds and skills.
There is a little bit of "red tape" to go though with a period of 3-4 weeks to actually form the body. Once this is done we can officially receive the new members and start to function as a group.
There is still time to throw your hat into the ring, whether it just be a financial member or direct involvement on the committee, web pages, the bulletin or some other aspect that could enrich the site.
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the Nov 2000 Bulletin
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