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VOL 5 No 9
SEPTEMBER 2002
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Judy Jacques CD Launch
Beacons by the Sea Exhibition
Cape Cleveland Reunion

Montague Island Celebrates International Lighthouse Day
International Lighthouse Weekend

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Dear Friends

New Membership Officer Required for LoA Inc

Join Lighthouses of Australia IncFirst of all I would like to thank Dale Checcucci for the wonderful and thankless job he has done over the last 12 months as our membership officer. Owing to a change in his situation he is moving on.

This job is voluntary and requires self starter with a bit of spare time and good computer skills. In fact Dale has stated what he feels his successor needs is:

  • Reasonably proficient at MYOB (Database and Accounting package)
  • Good skills at Word including mailmerge
  • Reasonable skills at Excel
  • Good email skills

There is a close interconnection with the Finance Officer and the Secretary.

Rather than there being a great volume of work is the need to respond regularly to membership applications, renewal processing and queries.

It would be ideal for a retired person looking for something to keep themselves active and involved.

If you feel this is a way you could contribute to the Project then contact the Secretary

The Maatsuyker Island LighthouseMaatsuyker Meeting this Monday!

Don't forget all Tasmanian subscribers and members the meeting on Monday night to stop the removal of Caretakers from Maatsuyker Island.

As stated in the August issue of the Bulletin this would effectively mean the abandonment of the island to the elements and vandals such as has happened on Tasman Island.

This Month Also Features

South Neptune Island lighthouse and cottages. [Image: Ross Harper]The story of hardships on the South Australian lighthouse continues with Margerets Hills account of her life in Corrugated Lighthouses Part 2.The Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse

This Months News

Jazz and folk singer extraordinare, Judy Jacques is descended from one of Tasmania's lighthouse keeper dynasty. Read the preview of her new CD Launch which is a result of revisiting some of the isolated island her ancestors were on on a trip of rediscovery.

South Neptune Island lighthouse and cottages. [Image: Ross Harper]National archives has finalised the dates for the Beacons by the Sea Exhibition to be held in Canberra the middle of October onwards.

The Cape Cleveland Lightstation from the Air. [Image: Peter Braid]Peter Braid gives us an update on the plans for the Cape Cleveland Reunion to be held towards the end of October.

International Lighthouse Day is an acorn that will grow into an oak tree as Mark Westwood informs us with his report of how Montague Island Celebrated International Lighthouse Day.South Neptune Island lighthouse and cottages. [Image: Ross Harper]

The Cape Cleveland Lightstation from the Air. [Image: Peter Braid]Kevin Mulcahy reports that another event that is getting larger by the year is the ham radio operators' International Lighthouse Weekend which coincides with International Lighthouse Day.

Malcolm Macdonald is the founder and convener of Lighthouses of Australia

Malcolm Macdonald
Bulletin Editor
<keeper@lighthouses.org.au>
[Photograph: Marguerite Stephen]


Features

Corrugated Lighthouses - Pt 2

[Margaret Hill <mhgw@netspace.net.au>, Condensed by Steve Merson <merson@bigpond.com>]

Corrugated Lighthouses - Pt 1

Kingston to Adelaide by Car

The Cape Jaffa (Kingston) Lightstation on Margaret Brock Reef where Margaret's husband, Jim, was a lightkeeper. [Image: Chris Browne]The Cape Jaffa Lighthouse where Margaret's husband Jim was stationed.
[Image: Ken Taylor]

All too soon, we had to leave Kingston and our friends. We were to travel to Adelaide in our little Ford, a journey of about four hours on the old Coorong road, and there was only one roadhouse, about halfway along. The car would go into storage until we came ashore again.

On board, we had the five children, the youngest a tiny baby; one case full of travelling clothes, a small supply of food and water which turned out to be nowhere near enough, and the children's five cats in a basket roped to the back of the car. The rest of our belongings were being shipped to Adelaide on the train.

It was a stinking hot day, and the car constantly broke down. The cats howled, and the children sat squashed together in the back seat squabbling and grizzling. The baby was on the floor between my feet. When we stopped, I dare not let the children out of the car in case Jim got it going again and we had to move off in a hurry. They became more and more restless, and their father got crosser and crosser. My supplies of food and water did not last long, and when we eventually reached the roadhouse, it was closed - until I knocked on the door of the attached dwelling. Since I was nursing the baby and needed fluids to maintain my milk supply, the owner took pity on us and opened up. I believe the trauma of the journey also caused my milk to dry up, so I was forced to wean the baby on Sunshine powdered milk. It was over a month before I was able to get baby formula or vitamins for her.

The journey took fourteen hours. We rolled up to our hotel in Port Adelaide in the middle of the night and it was closed - all the doors were locked. We woke the manager who, unimpressed, was not going to take us in because it was 'after hours'. When he saw the tired children tumble out of the car he relented.

Shipping out to Neptune Island

The next day we had an appointment at head office, during which we learned about the conditions of life on Neptune Island. The children of officers posted to Neptune Island had correspondence schooling, the Royal Flying Doctor Service was available for emergencies, and stores were taken out every two weeks by ship. In addition, there was no natural water on the island.

The rugged and isolated South Neptune Island from the the air. [Image: Winsome Bonham]The rugged and isolated South Neptune Island from the the air.
[Image: Winsome Bonham]

The keepers relied on the rainfall collected from the roofs of the three houses. There were often heavy downfalls, but not all the water could be used for drinking, cooking and washing. The island was constantly swept with sea spray, so the salt had to be washed from the roofs each time it rained, before it was allowed to run into the water tanks. Often the rain stopped before the roofs had been properly washed, so there was often no gain. Consequently, water was strictly rationed - each family was allowed 150 gallons a week, which sounded a lot to me because I had no idea how much water I used. You turn on a tap and the liquid pours out. In my inexperience, I told them we would manage all right.

Then we talked about supplies. We learned that we had to keep at least three months supply of food on hand, and we would need to get it in before the winter storms began; the supply ship Yandra was not able to anchor off the island if the seas were very rough. I sat in silence while the interview was concluded. We were then directed to the Central Supply Store where bulk provisions were dispatched to all the island lighthouses and the most remote homesteads and stations.

It was a dark, poky shop - no need to keep up an attractive appearance if most of the business comes via mail order. I knew nothing about bulk buying. I had no idea how much flour, sugar or butter I might use in three months, nor could I imagine all the other things I would need to have on hand to keep us fed. But the helpful staff produced a list, and I was soon ordering 20lb bags of flour for baking bread, 10lb bags of sugar, and tinned vegetables by the case. I remember having a vague worry about where to store all this, and was told the houses were equipped with galvanised bins to keep dry goods in, while the rest went into large cupboards or kerosene fridges. The storage bins were in the lounge room - convenient, if not very decorative. A bit too accessible for the children, who I caught several times playing in the flour bin, or happily dipping sticky fingers into the sugar.

The Yandra was a small coastal trader contracted by the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service to take provisions to the islands and ship the keepers' families to and from the light stations. Her regular run was a fortnightly trip along the South Australian coast to Streaky Bay and back to Port Adelaide. The ship was a lifeline to lighthouse families, for her visits provided the only social contact, apart from daily radio calls. Chatting with the crew was just as important to the isolated families as receiving the supplies of food, mail, newspapers, firewood, and when needed, fresh water.

We boarded the Yandra early one morning and the crew immediately made us feel at home. The voyage from Port Adelaide to Neptune Island would take about 24 hours. Our cabin was small but adequate, and an area on deck was made safe for the children to play in - the off-duty crew keeping them amused. We ate with the Captain, and I found myself settling down for a lazy trip.

The Althorpe Island Jetty where goods were unloaded to in the middle of the night. [Image: AMSA]The Althorpe Island Jetty where goods were unloaded to in the middle of the night.
[Image: AMSA]

The ship headed to the lighthouse on Althorpe Island (where the head keeper at Kingston had lost equipment from the flying fox). It was well after midnight when I felt the engines stop, so I went up on deck to see what was happening. The deck was floodlit and the crew were loading boxes and crates into large wicker baskets, which were hooked onto the flying fox and sent up into the darkness. Above me, a speck of light barely illuminated the landing platform. There was great bustle and noise; men shouting to each other amid the creaking of ropes, rattle of chains and the roar of the wind.

The step and rugged Althorpe Island from the air. [Image: John Lawley]The steep and rugged Althorpe Island from the air.
[Image: John Lawley]

Althorpe Island rose as a sheer cliff straight out of the sea, its surface hidden in the darkness. The towering cliffs loomed 300' above us, a huge black mass beyond the ship's lights. I could well imagine the terrifying experience of being hauled up those cliffs in the flying fox. I had heard that it was not unusual for the rope to become tangled when buffeted by the high winds that often swept around the island, leaving the unfortunate occupant of the basket or sling hanging in mid-air above the boiling, rocky sea. I could also imagine the despair at seeing possessions crashing down into the sea below. How would my children react to being woken in the dead of night, placed in a basket and hauled up a cliff in the dark, to be lifted out by strangers? I was secretly glad we were not stationed on Althorpe.

South Neptune Island lighthouse and cottages. [Image: Ross Harper]South Neptune Island lighthouse and cottages.
[Image: Ross Harper]

The next day I was on deck at dawn. It was a clear bright morning and a pearly haze rested on the calm sea. Some of the crew was already at work, stacking our baggage into piles ready for unloading at Neptune Island. "Morning luv, luverly day! We should get you ashore easily if this weather holds." The cheery greeting came from the cabin steward and general hand, Johnny, a friendly Liverpudlian who had taken charge of the children from the moment we had come aboard. He considered that I would need some rest before landing on Neptune; that I would have them under my feet soon enough. How right he was. He gave them a guided tour of the ship that they talked about for weeks afterwards. I thanked him and went back to leaning on the rail, watching the antics of the birds and keeping a lookout for our island.

The South Neptune Tower. [Image: Ross Harper]The South Neptune Tower.
[Image: Ross Harper]

We sailed past many small, rocky islands, some barely visible except when the sea made a ripple of foam as it passed over them. The whole area was a haven for sea birds - the isolated islands made ideal undisturbed nesting places. They swooped around the ship, screeching and calling to each other as if they resented our intrusion into their territory. Seals and walruses basked on the reef in the early morning sun.

Later that morning, we sipped tea on deck amid neat stacks of boxes and crates. We sailed past Thistle Island, and after rounding Wedge Island close enough to see sheep grazing on its steep craggy pastures, Neptune Island came into view. It lay as a deep purple shadow on a smooth silver-blue sea - such a beautiful sight.


Letters & Notices

Notice of Maatsuyker Meeting

Tasmania's Lighthouses are Under Threat!

A recent decision to end funding means that Australia's most southerly lighthouse will be left to the elements and vandals.

As Member and Friends of Lighthouse of Australia turn up and let the Bacon Government know the strength of feeling within not only within Tasmanian, but also on the Mainland.

Purpose of Meeting:

1. To bring concerned Tasmanians together under the Lighthouse of Australia (LoA) to to campaign against withdrawal of caretakers on Maatsuyker Island
2. To elect an state/campaign organiser

To hear an address by Malcolm Macdonald, Convener and Founder of Lighthouses of Australia Inc.

You can join on the night
Bring a colleague

The meeting time and place is:

6:30pm
September 16th

Shipwrights Arms Hotel
29 Trumpeter St
Battery Point
Hobart

For more information:

http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/Monthly%20Bulletin.htm#MaatThreat

Christian Bell, Lighthouses of Australia
Email: tas@lighthouses.org.au
Phone (03) 6223 7601 or 0427 872670

Looking for Alfred Henry Stephens of Queenscliff

Dear Lighthouse Keeper

The Black Lighthouse at QueenscliffI'm looking for information regarding my grandfather - Alfred Henry Stephens, who operated the Queenscliffe Lighthouse between 1905 and 1910.

The lighthouse had quarters, so it would have been the larger one. Do you have any records verifying his existence?

I'm writing his life history, but have hit a snag with his 'lighthouse' days. Can you please help in any way?

I thank you for any information.

Yours sincerely
Lyn Houlton <ljh@space.net.au>

Looking for Jack Strothers late of Cliffy Island

Dear Sir

The Cliffy Island LighthouseAre you able to tell me if a friend of mine name of Jack Strothers was a keeper on Cliffy Island?

I worked with him at one time and he often spoke of the lighthouse. Unable to give you a date but believe it to be in the early 50's.

Bob Renison <renbob@alphalink.com.au>

Feel free to post any request, letters and notices here regarding research, events etc for any Australian Lighthouse on this notice board.

<keeper@lighthouses.org.au>


Department of Scrounge:

If anybody has any of this material on any Australian lighthouses including the ones listed at the Department of Scrounge it would appreciated, especially the high priority ones:

  • Original Colour Photographs
  • Historical Photographs or Postcards
  • History, experiences and anecdotes
  • Technical History

Please eMail <Keeper>


New Pages & Links

New Pages for Australia:

Volunteers needed to research and write up text for New Pages for Australia

New Links for Australia:

Volunteer needed to help with Links for Australia

Also, New Links for World:

Volunteer needed to help with Links for World

If your e-mail does not display in HTML these pages can be accessed from the "New Listing for Month Index" at <http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/New/Index%20New.htm>


Australian News:

Judy Jacques CD Launch

"I found a nautilus shell, on a beach where none had been seen in forty years. Just a glimpse of papery curve, the rest was buried in sand. I'd not seen a nautilus before, only in books, but here it was, for me to find, and in that moment of recognition, the sea, the wind, the world around me was silent. Voices from childhood filled my mind, the voices of my grandparents, that for all of my life had left a residue which I can only describe as something unsaid, unfound, a treasure or a mystery to be solved with an answer found in more than the tease of re-occurring dreams.

Making Wings is Judy's latest CD and an appropriate follow up to her 1997 'Lighthouse' CD 'Going for a Song'. [Image: Judy Jacques]Making Wings is Judy's latest CD and an appropriate follow up to her 1997 'Lighthouse' CD 'Going for a Song'.
[Image: Judy Jacques]

At that time, in 1997, I was about to release the 'Lighthouse' CD.

As I carefully uncovered the perfect shell, I recalled stories of French princes and ships with masts and sails, but along with the stories came the usual question. Why wouldn't my grandparents speak of their families, their Tasmanian past? I had recently made some discoveries which had found their way into a song and a poem, but more, I knew there was much more.

'Haven't seen one of them shells around here in forty years', that's what an old local said a little later, as I stood in line for the morning paper. In fact, quite a few locals had crowded around to covert my fragile treasure.

But me? I was in my own world, wrapped in warm excitement for I knew, I'd be off on a different journey. I'd go to the place where nautilus shells are found in their hundreds after a big storm, Flinders Island, in eastern Bass Strait. To the Furneaux Islands where my ancestors were whalers, then lighthouse people, for generations after John James Jacques arrived on the 'Bardaster' as a convict, in 1835.

The nautilus was a gift, a talisman and the beginning of making wings."

Judy Jacques getting the feeling of Eastern Bass Strait on Cat Island in the Babel Group. [Image: Judy Jacques]Judy Jacques getting the feeling of Eastern Bass Strait on Cat Island in the Babel Group.
[Image: Judy Jacques]

The Oxford Companion to Australian Jazz says about Judy Jacques

... one of the very few singers to emerge from the jazz/folk boom of the early '60s and define a new phase in her musical career.....'

Her new CD 'Making Wings' is a collection of original compositions, augmented by several traditional songs, is inspired by the search into her own ancestral past as well as the rich history of the remarkable islands of Bass Strait.

Judy spent four wintery months on Flinders Island trying to find out and get the feel of her mysterious past, then using this to write songs of striking beauty and depth.

The result is her CD 'Making Wings', a collaboration with her musicians and special guests creates music that is hard to define. Careful listening will, however, reveal hints of art song, gospel, improvised soundscapes, and use of narrative through song and spoken text.

The CD includes several songs about the islands and her lighthouse heritage.

Thomas Archibald Brown and his fiance who the song 'The Lighthkeeper's Lament' is based on. [Image: Judy Jacques]
Thomas Archibald Brown and his fiancé who the song 'The Lighthkeeper's Lament' is based on
.
[Image: Judy Jacques]

 

The grave of Thomas Archibald Brown who drowned with his best friend. [Image: Judy Jacques]
The grave of Thomas Archibald Brown who drowned with his best friend.

[Image: Judy Jacques]

Thomas A Brown was one of the Browns from Goose Island who were more well known from their many years on Deal Island.

Captain Charles Christie Brown married Maria Jacques, Judy Jacques' Great Grandfather's sister.

The Browns married into Baudinet family also.

Thomas wrote the poem I found on Flinders, 'The Lightkeeper's Lament', which is included in the CD as a song.

Thomas wrote this poem aged 16 on Goose.

10 years later he and his best friend were drowned just off Flinders and are buried on Inner Sister Island. I finally got across to Inner Sister last May and found the grave. It was a very moving experience ... we're going to restore the
grave next trip.

The new CD is an appropriate follow up for her 1997 Lighthouse CD 'Going for a Song'.

CD Launch and Concerts:

Sunday September 15th - Montsalvat (Album Launch)
7 Hillcrest Av. Eltham Show starts 3pm
Tickets: $20 / $18 concessions | Bookings 9439 7712

Sunday September 22nd - The Chapel
The Convent Gallery, Daylesford | start 3pm
Tickets: $20 / $18 concessions | Bookings 5348 3211

Thursday September 26th - The Leadlight Cafe Bendigo
Show starts 8pm
Tickets: $15 / $12 concessions $30 Family | Bookings 5443 3877

Sunday September 29th - Black Box Victorian Arts Centre
Tickets: $25 / $20 concessions | Enquiries 9710 1252

Friday November 1st to Sunday November 3rd
Wangaratta Jazz Festival

As well a buying the 'Making Wings' CD from these concerts you can also order it at Judy's Website. It is a outstandingly beautiful production with a 28 page booklet.

The cost from Judy is $30, but it is also available from Readings Carlton at
$34.95.

The CD will be available overseas at a later date.

1997 Lighthouse CD 'Going for a Song':

There are some copies still available from Judy Jacques of her previous 'Lighthouse' CD 'Going for a Song'

Contact:

Judy Jacques
Wild Dog Hill Studio
PO Box 114
St Andrews Victoria 3761
AUSTRALIA

Email: Judy Jacques <info@wilddoghill.com.au>

Newmarket Music also distributes this CD.

It's $20 plus postage from Judy

This CD will will on Judy's web site soon

Beacons by the Sea Exhibition

Stoic, isolated and highly visible, lighthouses are familiar landmarks all along the Australian coastline. For many people, their distinctive shape and remote locations seem to conjure a magic mix of romance and wonder.

The National Archives of Australia's latest exhibition, "Beacons By the Sea: Stories of Australian Lighthouses" looks at lighthouses from the inside and out.

The Bay Rock Lighthouse near Townsville. [Postcard: Laurie Sharp]
The Bay Rock Lighthouse near Townsville
.
[Postcard: Laurie Sharp]

Recalling the humorous, sad and sometimes tragic stories and experiences of those who lived on our lights it traces their history from the time of European colonisation through to automation.

With plans, letters, log books, photographs, paintings and films, it focuses on lighthouse architecture and design, their roles during war, the contribution of women to lighthouse service, shipwrecks, myths and technology.

Whether coming to Canberra for business or pleasure? Make sure you include a visit to the National Archives on your itinerary, especially if you're interested.

Much of the content is from the Archives own collection and includes such things as original plans, logbooks, letters, photographs and film. There's even a message conveyed by carrier pigeon!

The old and new Macquarie Lighthouses. [Image: AMSA]The old and new Macquarie Lighthouses.
[Image: AMSA]

Additional material has been sourced from the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Eden Killer Whale Museum and the Queensland Maritime Museum.

It's not widely known but lighthouses and maritime issues were vital topics in discussions about trade and transportation between the colonies prior to Federation.

After 1901, one of the key areas of control transferred to the new Commonwealth of Australia was maritime navigation.

These days, technological advances in maritime navigation have improved to the point where all Australian lighthouses self-operate and no longer need the services of a vigilant live-in keeper.

Some have become iconic tourist attractions (like Byron Bay) and a few have even metamorphosed into unusual B&B accommodation.

The National Archives of Australia is located just behind Old Parliament House, in an historic 1927 building, which was Canberra's first General Post Office.

Exhibition Information:

19 October 2002 to 27 January 2003

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT
Australia

Tel: (02) 6212 3600

Open daily 9am to 5pm
Free Admission

For more information visit the website at www.naa.gov.au

After this the exhibition will then tour around the states giving all of us an opportunity to attend.

Cape Cleveland Reunion

The Cape Cleveland Lightstation from the Air. [Image: Peter Braid]
The Cape Cleveland Lightstation from the Air
.
[Image: Peter Braid]

Peter Braid has informed us of the latest details of the proposed Cape Cleveland Reunion.

At this stage it looks like being held on Saturday the 26th of October.

Peter has spoken to the curator of the Townsville Maritime Museum and she has kindly offered the use of the facilities at the museum.

He has also spoken to the head ranger with National Parks and he is very keen on the idea as well as Steve Price, a local radio personality, and who is also very keen to help out.

The Cape Cleveland Lightstation. [Image: John Armacost]
The Cape Cleveland Lightstation.
[Image:
John Armacost]

Peter says:

"The next step is to see if we can arrange some boats to take us out to the light for a visit and to do up some flyers to hand out.

The visit to the light will of course be subject to weather and space on the boats so if any one is interested please let me know as soon as possible.

Thanks to those people that have offered to help out with the day, I will be in touch shortly."

Peter Braid can be contacted at 0417 600 221 and at <pbraid@austarnet.com.au>.

Peter Braid and his sister, Sharon Fielden grew up on Queensland lightstations including Cape Cleveland. Both members of Lighthouses of Australia. Sharon also sits on the Lighthouses of Australia Committee.

Montague Island Celebrates International Lighthouse Day

[Mark Westwood <mark@rizingtide.com>]

The Montague Island Lightstation. [Image: Narooma NPWS]The Montague Island Lightstation.
[Image: Narooma NPWS]

For the inaugural International Lighthouse Day, August 18th, Montague Island Tours joined with many other lighthouses around the planet in celebrating the role played by these unique structures in the safety of mariners for so many years and in so many unique locations.

Lighthouses have a certain attraction to landlubbers and sailors alike. It could be their reassuring presence in some of the remotest and most spectacular locations on the coast, or perhaps their stance in defiance of the elements, flashing out their signal as a welcome or as a warning to passing ships and nearby communities. It may be their unique architecture or perhaps their almost timeless form. Whatever, people are interested in them and keen to explore inside them as well as learn about their history.

Mark Westwood at the bow of the 'Dreamtime' as it approaches Montague Island. [Image: Mark Westwood, NPWS]Mark Westwood at the bow of the "Dreamtime" as it approaches Montague Island.
[Image: Mark Westwood, NPWS]

With this in mind, a boatload of Narooma district tourist business operators ventured out for a Montague Island Tour with the added bonus of climbing the spiral stairs to the balcony of the lighthouse itself, just as the keepers had done for more than a century.

"Great to get to the top!" and "What must it have been like to work a shift in the lantern room 100 years ago?" were just some of the comments.

Narooma Charters and the National Parks and Wildlife Service combined to present the promotional tour with the aim of familiarising the operators with the product and providing first-hand evidence of the quality of the experience offered to visitors to this area.

International Lighthouse Day itself was celebrated in true Aussie fashion with a sausage sizzle in the historic courtyard of one of the restored assistant keepers cottages.

The seals are one of the main attractions on Montague Island. [Image: Bob Adams]The seals are one of the main attractions on Montague Island.
[Image: Bob Adams]

Each year more than 6,000 tourists make the journey out to the Island, visiting the seals, observing the birds and, in season, interacting with whales as they pass on their migrations.

This lucky tour group enjoyed the company of a solo humpback who lolled around on the surface showing off flukes and fins for the clicking cameras. Perhaps it was a late whale heading north or hopefully the first of the southward migration, heralding the start of official whale watching in Narooma from mid-September to mid-November.

"Great tour, great experience," commented one local motelier from the bow as "Dreamtime" headed round the Island.

The more than 800 fur seals showed everyone why Montague is such a special place by casually sunbaking on the rocks just a few metres from the stern or by leaping and playing in the water alongside.

Going to the top at the Montague Lighthouse. [Image: Mark Westwood, NPWS]Going to the top at the Montague Lighthouse.
[Image: Mark Westwood, NPWS]

As the group neared the top of the Island, the guide related tales of the human side of the lighthouse construction and also the community of keepers who called Montague "home" over the years, keeping that light going from dusk till dawn every day of the year.

Head barbecuer, Mike Saunders, the resident NPWS Field Officer stationed on Montague reported "I've had phone calls from Green Cape and Smoky Cape Lights, which are also celebrating International Lighthouse Day today."

This is evidence that the network of the lights still exists despite increasing automation and de-manning around the world. Many lights are operating some kind of tourism venture whether it is accommodation or guided tours. Some are privatised and some are managed by relevant government agencies.

Thankfully, preservation for tomorrow is now the order of the day, when for a while it looked as though many would fall into disrepair.

It was agreed by all present that the trip was a great way to celebrate the first ever "International Lighthouse Day".

"I'm not going home" commented one local accommodation provider as the time for departure arrived. "I could live here forever. I wish I was a keeper."

International Lighthouse Weekend

[Kevin Mulcahy <kevin@vk2ce.com>]

We amateurs venture forth every August and set up a portable station either in or next to a lighthouse. Some of the installations are quite elaborate as depicted in the Otway pic. Others just use their car and park next to the light.

A ham radio operator at Emery Point Lighthouse in the Northern Territory Capital, Darwin. [Image: Kevin Mulcahy]A ham radio operator at Emery Point Lighthouse in the Northern Territory Capital, Darwin.
[Image: Kevin Mulcahy]

Once again last weekend 17/18 August saw amateur radio operators all around the world having a great time communicating with other lighthouses.

This year we had 316 lights activated in 45 countries. Australian amateurs worked from 25 lights.

Probably the most successful was the Summerland Amateur Radio Club which activated 7 lighthouses on the North NSW coast.

Channel 9 went out to Cape Byron on the Sunday for the International Lighthouse Day and took lots of video and interviews with the boys there.

Details of the event and a list of entrants are on my web site at:

http://vk2ce.com/illw/

This year we had a station in Darwin and the keeper Andy Gregory was on the air at Cape Bruny. No one from the West though.

This event is really taking off in popularity in this country. 4 years ago we had 5 entrants only.

The caravan and antenias set up at Cape Otway. [Image: Kevin Mulcahy]The caravan and antennas set up at Cape Otway.
[Image: Kevin Mulcahy]

I have made sure that the NPWS people know about this event also and the PR which they are getting from it.

The boys at Otway have been asked to return next year by the lightstation managers as have quite a few others.

I have included some pics. It's a bit early yet but a lot of the entrants put pics on their web sites after a while. These are listed on the web page for the entrants at:

http://vk2ce.com/illw/2002.htm

If you know of any news or event effecting an Australian Lighthouse please forward it to us so we can publish in the Monthly Bulletin.


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