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The Fingal Head Lighthouse [Photograph: Cyril Curtain]
The Fingal Head Lighthouse
Photograph: Cyril Curtain

The Fingal Head Lighthouse

Even though the Fingal Head light tower is not high and it is built on a low headland the is effective as it is built on one of the most easterly points of Australia with plenty of deep water offshore.


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 2812.2' S, Longitude 15334.3' E (map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
EXHIBITED: 1872
CONSTRUCTION: Masonry
CHARACTER: One flash every five seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 12v 75 watt quartz halogen lamp, FA 251 Beacon
POWER SOURCE: Mains Electricity, Battery Standby
INTENSITY: White 37,000 cd; Red 9,000 cd
ELEVATION: 24 Metres
RANGE: White 17 Nautical Miles; Red 14 Nautical Miles
HEIGHT: 7 Metres 
AUTOMATED: 1920
DEMANNED: 1920
DEACTIVATED: No
CUSTODIAN: Dept. of Conservation & Land Management

The Fingal Head Lighthouse [Photograph: Ian Clifford]
The Fingal Head Lighthouse
Photograph: Ian Clifford

History

The Fingal Head Lighthouse was erected in 1872 of stone, and painted white, the tower had a fixed white light of 1,000 candelas.

Even though the light tower is not high and it is built on a low headland the light is effective as it is built on one of the most easterly points of Australia with plenty of deep water offshore.

The original kerosene wick burner was converted to automatic acetylene operation in 1920 with an output of 1,500 candelas and altered to group flashing. The one keeper was withdrawn at this time.

There is no record of the opening of this light considered so insignificant that apparently the first keeper did not think the matter of sufficient importance to take a record of the official opening.

 

Keepers

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View to fingal Rock from the lighthouse [Photograph: Ian Clifford]
View to fingal Rock from the lighthouse
Photograph: Ian Clifford

The interior of the Fingal Head Lighthouse [Photograph: Ian Clifford]
The interior of the Fingal Head Lighthouse
Photograph: Ian Clifford


Access

NEAREST TOWN: Tweed Heads
DISTANCE: <<>> (Tweed Heads)
: <<>> (Sydney)
: <<>> (Brisbane)
ACCESS: Public Reserve
TOURS: No
ACCOMMODATION: No

The Fingal Head Lighthouse is located on the southern head of the Tweed River, which divides New South Wales and Queensland.


The Surrounding Area


Features

Ian Clifford's Northern Rivers Trip Bulletin Mar 00
Lighthouses From the Air: Part 7 Bulletin Mar 02
Annette Flotwell's East Coast Lighthouse Trip: Part 2 Bulletin Aug 03

News

More "Sea Change" Lighthouse Concerts for 1998 Bulletin Oct 98

Letters

Looking for Joseph William Mortley Bulletin Sep 01

Other Fingal Head Sites

The Fingal Head Lighthouse at Tweed Heads Grant Maizels

The Fingal Head apparatus [Photograph: Ian Clifford]
The Fingal Head apparatus
Photograph: Ian Clifford
The Fingal Head Lighthouse [Photograph: Ian Clifford]
The Fingal Head Lighthouse
Photograph: Ian Clifford

Special Thanks to:

  • Cyril Curtain for Photographs
  • Ian Clifford for Photographs & Technical Data

Sources:

  • Averil Legg
  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid
  • Ian Clifford
  • Mary Shelley Clark and Jack Clark
  • Sydney AFLOAT
  • W. Lippingwell, Coastal Lighthouses of NSW, 1938

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