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The Dent Island Lighthouse looking over the stunning Whitsunday Islands [Photograph: Annette Flotwell]
The Dent Island Lighthouse looking over the stunning Whitsunday Islands
Photograph: Annette Flotwell

The Dent Island Lighthouse

The Dent Island Lighthouse overlooks over the Whitsunday Islands.


Operation

LOCATION: Lat. 20° 22.3' S, Long. 148° 55.8' E (map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
EXHIBITED: 1879
CONSTRUCTION: Timber & Rolled Iron Sheeting
CHARACTER: 1 Flash in 5 Secs.
LIGHT SOURCE: 12V 35W C8 Halogen LP PR30s
POWER SOURCE: Solar Panels
INTENSITY: 1785 cd
ELEVATION: 37 Metres
RANGE: 11 N Miles
HEIGHT: 10 Metres
AUTOMATED: -
DEMANNED: 1987
DEACTIVATED: No
CUSTODIAN: <<>>
HERITAGE: Register of the National Estate

The lightstation reveals its unusual aspect from the air [Photograph: Annete Flotwell]
The lightstation reveals its unusual aspect from the air
Photograph: Annette Flotwell


History

Original kerosene burners upgraded to pressurised kerosene and mantle operation in 1926-1927 with a power increase to 50,000 candelas.

Because the tower was so short the clockwork mechanism had to be wound up every seventy-five minutes.

Solar conversion took place in 1981.


Keepers

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Head keeper checks passing ship from the balcony of the Dent Island Lighthouse [Photograph: AMSA]
Head keeper checks passing ship from the balcony
of the Dent Island Lighthouse

Photograph: AMSA
The grave of Caroline Biss who died 'of convulsions' on 3 April 1885 at the age of 3 1/2 years. [Photograph: Kandice Weymouth]
The grave of Caroline Biss who died 'of convulsions'
on 3 April 1885 at the age of 3 years.

Photograph: Kandice Weymouth

Access

NEAREST TOWN: -
DISTANCE: -
: - (Brisbane)
ACCESS: -
TOURS: -
ACCOMMODATION: -

The lush tropical gardens give the feel of a lighthouse in paradise [Photograph: Annette Flotwell]
The lush tropical gardens give the feel of a lighthouse in paradise
Photograph: Annette Flotwell

The Dent Island Lighthouse from the air [Photograph: Winsome Bonham]
The Dent Island Lighthouse from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


Special Thanks to:

  • AMSA for Photograph
  • Annette Flotwell for Photographs
  • Kandice Weymouth for Photograph
  • Winsome Bonham for Photographs

Sources:

  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid

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27/10/03
28/10/03

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