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The Norah Head Lighthouse

The Norah Head Lighthouse was the last to be built in the classical James Barnet style that had marked the erection of lighthouses throughout the later part of the 19th century in New South Wales.


The Norah Head Lighthouse
Photograph: Annette Flotwell


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 33° 16.9' S. Longitude 151° 34.7' E. (map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CHARACTER: Flash white every 15.00 seconds, anti-clockwise rotation
EXHIBITED: 1903
CONSTRUCTION: Precast concrete blocks
LIGHT SOURCE: 1000W 120 Volt tungsten halogen
POWER SOURCE: Mains power
INTENSITY: 1,000,000 cd
ELEVATION: 46 metres
RANGE: 26 nautical miles (40 kilometres)
HEIGHT: 27 metres
AUTOMATED: 1995
DEMANNED: -
DEACTIVATED: -
CUSTODIAN: -
HERITAGE: Register of the National Estate

Looking towards Norah Head and the lighthouse [Photograph: Ian Clifford]
Looking towards Norah Head and the lighthouse
Photograph: Ian Clifford


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

History

The lighthouse was strongly mooted by local landholder Edward Hargraves (who is credited with starting the first Australian gold rush in 1851) because of his concern over the number of wrecks in the area. These included the Gwydir with three lives in 1894 and earlier a boat with 20 Chinese seamen whose bodies where washed ashore.

The lighthouse at Norah Head was established in 1903.

It was the last of the lighthouses built in the style of James Barnet. Even though it bears the typical characteristics of his style it is not known whether Barnet or his successor C W Darley who built the tower designed it.

The tower is a precast concrete block structure where the blocks were cast on the ground and raised into place. Earlier Barnet towers had the same style but their construction was expensive due to the availability of suitable stone and the use of stonemasons to shape and dress the stone.

The cost of the tower and cottages was nearly 19,000 and the cost of the optical apparatus was 5,000.

The light was upgrade in 1923 to a Ford-Schmidt kerosene burner that increased the its brilliance from 438,000 to 700,000 candlepower.

In 1961 it was converted to mains electricity and the power increased to 1,000,000 candlepower.

It is not known when the tower was automated and demanned.


Keepers

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Please include this lighthouse's name, the keepers full name and what years they were keepers. Also include the same information for any other lights they were on.

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

Photograph: Cyril Curtain

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


Access

NEAREST TOWN: The lighthouse is halfway between the townships of The Entrance and Budgewoi on a narrow strip of land that separates the sea from Tuggerah Lake.
DISTANCE : <<>> (The Entrance)
: <<>> (Sydney)
ACCESS: Road. 1.6 kilometres from the township of Norahville
TOURS: Yes
ACCOMMODATION: Yes (see the Accommodation page for details)

The Norah Head Lighthouse is available for accommodation, tours and weddings.

Norah Head Lighthouse Tours

Tours:

Weddings:

To book to have your wedding ceremony at the Norah Head Lighthouse, phone 1300 132 975 for information.

The Norah Head Lighthouse and keepers cottages [Photograph: Ian Clifford]
The Norah Head Lighthouse and keepers cottages
Photograph: Ian Clifford


The Norah Head lantern
Photograph: Annette Flotwell


100th Anniversary

The Norah Head Lighthouse celebrated its Centenary on 15 November 2003.

The Centenary activities included a Lighthouse Ball, lighthouse exhibition and culminated in celebrations on 15 November with tours of the lighthouse.

To commemorate the lighthouse centenary, the Wyong Shire Council Annual Report pictured the lighthouse on the cover.


The Norah Head Lighthouse decorated with flags to celebrate its centenary
Photograph: IR


The Surrounding Area


Features

Memories of Lighthouse Life Bulletin Mar 00
Once a danger, now safe Bulletin Nov 00
Lighthouses From the Air: Part 2 Bulletin Oct 01
From Poland to Australia Bulletin Apr 03
Annette Flotwell's East Coast Lighthouse Trip: Part 3 Bulletin Sep 03

News

Norah Head Lighthouse Centenary

Bulletin Aug 03



The Norah Head Lighthouse from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham

Letters & Notices

Response to Looking for Horace Parker Bulletin Apr 01
The Pleasure Of Viewing Your Site Bulletin Apr 01
Norah Head Lighthouse And The Keepers Cottages Bulletin Apr 01
Home Sick for a Rich Lighthouse Heritage Bulletin Jul 02
Will There be Celebrations for Norah Heads Centenary? Bulletin Aug 02
Norah Head lighthouse - Harry Fisher Bulletin Nov 02
Norah Head Lighthouse keeper - William Williams Bulletin Apr 03
Centenary of Norah Head Lighthouse Bulletin Apr 03
Lighthouse keepers in NSW - Josiah, Fred Sr, Fred Jr & Bill Warren Bulletin Sep 03

Other Norah Head Sites

The Norah Head Lightstation north of The Entrance Grant Maizels
The Norah Head Lighthouse Garry Searle
The Norah Head Lighthouse Pioneer Times

Special Thanks to:

  • Annette Flotwell for Photographs
  • Cyril Curtain for Photographs
  • IR for Photographs
  • Ian Clifford for Photographs
  • Winsome Bonham for Photographs
  • Joy Groves, Central Coast Tourism, for information

Sources:

  • AMSA
  • Brian Lord
  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid

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12/09/99

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