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NOVEMBER 98 BULLETIN

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"For God's sake, kill the lights, Murray. ... He's back again"
[Garry Larson, The Ink  Group]
<http://www.inkgroup.com.au/artist/larson.html>

Grant Maizels and Carmen Penny Move on New Zealand Lights

Last month I reported on my visit to New Zealand and the urgent need for their lights and preservation needs to be taken up on the Internet.   Grant Maizels has spent some more time in New Zealand in October and with the help of photographer Carmen Penny has put up pages for Bean Rock, Cape Brett, Kaipara North Head, Manakau South Head, and Rangitoto.

Rangitoto was the one near Auckland that I couldn't identify when I was there.


Notice Board:

Photos of Manakau South Head, New Zealand

Manakau South Head lighthouse is located geographically near Auckland, but about 100km by road. The lighthouse was demolished some years ago when it was predicted that it would collapse due to erosion of the cliff on which the light was constructed. The remains above were all that I could find when I visited the site in August 1998.

Please contact me if you have further details. I would particularly like photographs of the lighthouse prior to demolition

Grant Maizels
[Email Grant]

2 Requests for Lighthouse Plans

I am thinking of constructing a lighthouse as a building project.   Do you know of any Web sites (addresses) whereas, I can order plans to do the construction?

Thanks
[Email Rod]

I am in the process of building my own lighthouse on Seneca Lake (NY).  I am only just begun to research lighthouses and was wondering if you had any sites where I could see actual plans for a lighthouse?

Mark Swinnerton
[Email Mark]

NB: Someone ought to do a page on this.  I get at least one request a month for this type of thing.

Malcolm

Help Maintain Deal Island in Bass Strait

The Marine & Coastal Community Network was instrumental in obtaining a grant for the National Estate for essential maintenance of the Superintendents Residence on Deal Island.  This building is one of the most significant in relation to the light station complex. The island was recently transferred to State Government from the Commonwealth.  Deal Island is part of Kent Group of Islands.   The Network is looking for skilled volunteers to help with maintenance of the Superintendents Residence for a planned visit in April, 1999.

If you are interested in being involved contact Christian Bell on (03) 62 343665 [Email Christian].

Volunteers as Caretakers for Deal Island

The Australian Bush Heritage Fund has been granted an interim lease of Deal Island while the long term arrangements for management of the island is being sorted out. They have established a roster for volunteers as caretakers.

Should you be interested in being a volunteer caretaker their phone number is (03) 62232670 [Email Christian].

Keep the Light Burning on Maatsuyker

Tasmanian Conservation Trust's Maatsuyker Committee still seeks financial and in-kind support from private individuals and groups to help "keep the light burning" on Maatsuyker. Anyone interested in getting involved in the preservation of the island can call Christian Bell on 03 6234 3665.

Tasmanian Conservation Trust
[Email Christian]

Calling Former NSW Lightkeepers & Their Descendants

Averil Legg put in a request in September wanting to hear from any NSW lighthouse keepers and descendants so that she may interview them and include them in his forthcoming book.

Unfortunately there was an error in her contact details, so here they are corrected below.

If anyone has any information Averil can contacted either be e-mail [Email Averil], fax on 02 9745-5029 or phone on 02 9745-5029.


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 for Australia:

   The Point Stephens Lightstation New.gif (158 bytes)
    The Byron Bay Lighthouse is Australia's most easterly lighthouse New.gif (158 bytes)

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>


New Links for Australia:

    None this Month

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>


Also New Links for World:

    Highlander Magazine's Dunnet Head Lighthouse New.gif (158 bytes)
    The Lighthouses of the Polish Coast New.gif (158 bytes)
    The Dutch Lighthouse Association is building a new site. Though entirely in Dutch it is well worth a visit New.gif (158 bytes)

    The Hong Kong Marine Department page New.gif (158 bytes)
    Italian Lighthouses: A Virtual Tour New.gif (158 bytes)
    The official Lighthouses, Buoys and Beacons of France page New.gif (158 bytes)

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:

Refurbished Lighthouse a Reminder of a Brighter Past
[By Tom Crystal, Newcastle Herald, Saturday October 10 1998]

IN an are of high technology satellite ship positioning, the humble lighthouse continues to elude extinction.

Although replaced by modern navigation systems the towers have survived largely as tourist attractions.

To that end 136 year old light at Point Stephens has been refurbished to ensure it functions for many more years.

After recently claiming ownership over the structure overlooking Fingal Bay, the National Parks and Wildlife Service spent $85,000 on it's restoration.

The lighthouse was unveiled this week complete with a special waterproof membrane system guaranteed for a decade.

Little change: National Parks and Wildlife ranger Mr George Malolakis in front of the refurbished lighthouse.
Little change: National Parks and Wildlife ranger Mr George Malolakis in front of the refurbished lighthouse.
[Photograph: Newcastle Herald]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9811/Point%20Stephens%20nh.jpg>

It's sandstone walls have been cleaned, the cast steel stair case refitted and the lantern room resealed for waterproofing.

A Tomaree National Park ranger, Mr George Malolakis said the lighthouse might be used in cultural tourism.

Although solar energy has replaced fossil fuels in powering the lamp, little else has changed in the building dating back to the convict are.

A conservation management plan is being prepared for the area.

Mr Malolakis said some boats still used the lighthouse as a navigation aid.

About $500,000 may be needed to restore three lighthouse keepers' cottages destroyed by fire in 1991.

The Three Keepers Cottages Destroyed by Fire in 1991.
The Three Keepers Cottages Destroyed by Fire in 1991.
[Photographer: Grant Maizels]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9811/Pt%20Stephens%20Cottages.jpg>

Action to Resolve the Future of Deal Island

[Christian Bell, The Marine & Coastal Community Network, Email Christian]

Approaching Deal Island From the Air
Approaching Deal Island From the Air
[Photograph: AMSA]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9811/Deal%20Is%20From%20Air%20amsa%201%20X.jpg>

The Marine & Coastal Community Network was instrumental in obtaining a grant for the National Estate for essential maintenance of the Superintendents Residence on Deal Island. This building is one of the most significant in relation to the light station complex. The island was recently transferred to State Government from the Commonwealth. Deal Island is part of Kent Group of Islands.

The Old Deal Island Lightstation Tower
The Old Deal Island Lightstation Tower
[Photograph: AMSA]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9811/Deal%20Is%20Tower%20BW%20amsa%201%20X.jpg>

The Network organised a field trip in May 1998 to the Kent Group, the site of a proposed marine reserve. The sail training vessel "Windeward Bound" was charted and politicians and stakeholder groups were invited. The majority of participants were divers. Video footage of the voyage was shot and used as a feature item on a subsequent ABC Stateline story during Ocean Week. Articles appeared in "Aussie Post" and one is also due to appear in the December's "Australian Geo" and "Forty Degrees South". While in the Kent Group a botanist on the voyage added 12 species of plants to the botanical list for Kent Group. A small party also eliminated a colonising outbreak of Sea Spurge from Winter Cove on Deal Island.

The Australian Bush Heritage Fund has been granted an interim lease of Deal Island while the long term arrangements for management of the island is being sorted out.

Efforts to keep Maatsuyker Manned

[Stephenie Cahalan, Tasmanian Conservation Trust]

The light is ablaze for the first time since 1994
The Maatsuyker Lighthouse is Constantly Under Attack from the Elements
[Photographer: Jeff Jennings]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/TAS/Maatsuyker%20Island/Maatsuyker%20Is%20jj%2042.jpg>

At the eleventh hour, through the lobbying efforts of the Maatsuyker Committee, of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust, an agreement has been reached between the state and federal governments that will provide $240,000 from AMSA to establish a viable energy alternative to the diesel generators that have been in use, and to reconstruct the old haulage way that was used to get supplies up the hill.

The Jetty and Old Haulage Way Used to Get Supplies onto the Island
The Jetty and Old Haulage Way Used to Get Supplies onto the Island
[Photographer: Jeff Jennings]
<http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/Bulletin/9811/Maatsuyker%20Is%20Jetty%20jj.jpg>

The Tasmanian Government now has a formal responsibility to care for the island, it's natural and cultural heritage.

Volunteers for conservation work and weather watching will be able to stay in the old keepers residences without relying on the expensive upkeep of the diesel generators. In short, this means that the island will remained occupied.

2 Books Re-Released to Coincide With Otway 150th

The Long Farewell
by Don Charlwood
Published by Burgewood Books, Templestowe, VIC, AUST

"The Long Farewell" is the story of 1 the million or more people who immigrated to Australia in the 19th Century.  Drawn from diaries and letters home the book though not specifically on lighthouses gives a broader insight in the maritime conditions under which our lighthouse were established.

Other books by the same author are "Wrecks & Reputations", "Settlers Under Sail" and "An Afternoon of Time"

Beacons of Hope
by Donald Walker
Published by Neptune Press, Belmont, VIC, AUST

Remaining "Sea Change" Lighthouse Concerts for 1998

The three remaing "Sea Change" Lighthouse Concerts are:

Fremantle Festival's Lighthouse Concert and will be held on November 6, 1998, in WA.

Port Adelaide's South Neptune Island Lighthouse on November 14, 1998, in SA.

The Low Head Lightstation concert on November 21, 1998 at , in Tasmania.


Regards until the December 98 Bulletin
Malcolm Macdonald

http://www.lighthouses.org.au/lights/

 

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Thanks to the Following People for Their Help in August:

    Errol Joppich, AMSA (Photographs)
    Graeme Steinbeck (Newcastle Herald Article)
    Christian Bell, Marine and Coastal Community Network (Deal Info)
    Stephenie Cahalan, Tasmanian Conservation Trust (Maatsuyker Info)

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    Thanks to those who let me use their photos for thumbnails.

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