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The Point Stephens Lighthouse

The preservation of the Point Stephens Lighthouse and cottages has been a battle against bureaucracy, the elements and vandals.

The Point Stephens Lighthouse and the burnt out keepers' cottages
The Point Stephens Lighthouse and the burnt out keepers' cottages
Photograph: Brian Lord


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 32° 44.9'S, Longitude 152° 12.2'E (Map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CHARACTER: Group Flashing 4 in 30 seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 12V, 55 Watt, Quartz Halogen
POWER SOURCE: Solar Power
INTENSITY: 40,700 cd
ELEVATION: 38 metres
RANGE: 17 nautical miles (28 kilometres)
HEIGHT: 21 metres

The Point Stephens Lighthouse
The Point Stephens Lighthouse
Photograph: Grant Maizels

The Point Stephens Lighthouse
The Point Stephens Lighthouse 
Photograph: Brian Lord



Point Stephens Lighthouse
Photograph: Ian Clifford

History

The Point Stephens Lighthouse's stone tower and lantern was constructed in 1862. It is painted white.

The original kerosene apparatus was set up so that it shone alternatively red (500 cd) and white (200 cd).

In 1922 this was upgraded to a revolving, Dalen light, power by pressurised acetylene gas through an incandescent. This gave a light of 20,000 cd.

In 1960 the light was upgraded to mains electricity.

The current lantern room appears to be from 1973.

The final conversion to solar power was made in 1989 which lead to the demanning of the light.

Ownership of the lighthouse and reserve has passed to the NSW Park and Wildlife Service.

The solar arrays that power the Point Stephens Lighthouse
The solar arrays that power the Point Stephens Lighthouse
Photograph: Brian Lord


Preservation Issues

The ownership of the reserve was handed over to the Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales in 1998.  The tower has had restoration work done completed in October 1998.  However, the keepers cottages burnt out by vandals after a previous restoration are in dire need of restoration with a management strategy to prevent further vandalism.

The burnt out keepers' cottages at the Point Stephens Lighthouse
The burnt out keepers' cottages at the Point Stephens Lighthouse
Photograph: Grant Maizels


View of the cottage ruins from the balcony
Photograph: Ian Clifford


Access

The reserve is 10 kilometres from the nearest town, Nelson Bay and though reachable by land, access is recommended by boat.  Even though there are no tours yet, there are no restrictions on access.


Aerial view of the cottage ruins and tower
Photograph: Winsome Bonham

The Surrounding Area


Special Thanks to:

  • Brian Lord for Photographs
  • Cyril Curtain for Photographs
  • Grant Maizels for Photographs
  • Ian Clifford for Photographs
  • Winsome Bonham for Photographs

Sources:

  • Brian Lord
  • Dept of Transport (now AMSA)

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25/10/98
12/01/98

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