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The Griffiths Island Lighthouse

Since 1859, the Griffiths Island Lighthouse it has faithfully guided ship into the security of historic Port Fairy located on the Moyne River. 

It is located at the end of very scenic 400 metres walk across the island.

The Griffiths Island Lighthouse (from the West).  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Griffiths Island Lighthouse at Port Fairy
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas


The Griffiths Island Lighthouse at Port Fairy.  Photograph: Greg Beck
The Griffiths Island Lighthouse at Port Fairy
Photograph: Greg Beck


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 3823.6' S, Longitude 142 15.4' E (Map)
OPERATOR: Port of Melbourne Authority
CHARACTER: Group Flashing White and Twice every 10 seconds
LIGHT SOURCE:
POWER SOURCE: Wind Power and Battery Bank
INTENSITY:
ELEVATION: 12.5 Metres
RANGE: 12 Nautical Miles
HEIGHT: 11 Metres

History

The Griffiths Island Lighthouse was built in 1859 by Scottish stonemasons out of bluestone. The unique stairway is cut with each step being inserted in the next course of stone in the outside wall.

Originally located on an area known as Rabbit Island, the island has since been encompassed by the neighbouring Griffiths Island.

Originally a whaling port, historic Port Fairy was a major point of entry for immigrants and trading in Victoria last century.

Up to the 1980s it was considered have one of Australia's largest fishing fleets.

The last lighthouse keeper that lived on the island was there from 1929 till 1954. There was one more lightkeeper for a short time before the light was automated.

The Griffiths Island Lighthouse and Bluestone Wall.  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Griffiths Island Lighthouse and Breakwater
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas


Access

The island and lighthouse reserve is accessible to the public. It is a 400 metre hike across to the southern tip of the island. There are no formal tours.


The Griffiths Island Lighthouse (from the East).  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Griffiths Island Lighthouse at Port Fairy
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas


Features

US Lighthouse Society Tours Australia - Part 2 Bulletin Jun 02

Lighthouses From the Air - Part 3

Bulletin Nov 01
Australian Lighthouse Tour Bulletin Dec 00
Photographic Expedition Bulletin Mar 98

The Surrounding Area


The Griffiths Island Lighthouse from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


Special Thanks to:

  • Ed Kavaliunas for Photographs
  • Greg Beck for Photograph
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph

Sources:

  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid
  • Port Fairy Historical Society
  • Lighthouses of Victoria by Dacre Smyth

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13/03/98
10/01/98

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