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The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse

The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill, Warrnambool was moved stone by stone from Middle Island to its current location on top of Flagstaff Hill. The alignment of its light and the Lady Bay Lower Light guide ships into Lady Bay.


The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse and cottages
Photograph: Bob Adams


View From The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse Towards the Lower Lighthouse.  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The lantern in the Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse With Flagstaff in Background .  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill, Warrnambool
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas

Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 3823.6' S, Longitude 142 29.3' E (Map)
OPERATOR: Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
CHARACTER: Flashing White, 1 Second every 5 Seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: -
POWER SOURCE: Low Voltage Battery System
INTENSITY: -
ELEVATION: 33 metres
RANGE: 6 nautical miles
HEIGHT: -

View From The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse Towards the Lower Lighthouse.  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lady Bay Lower Lighthouse 
from the Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse

Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
History

Originally built in 1859 as the Middle Island Lighthouse. It had a fixed white light run on oil.

During 1871-72, the lighthouse was relocated stone by stone to replace the obelisk on top of Flagstaff hill and become the Upper Lighthouse. The Beach Lighthouse light was moved to the top of Lower Obelisk at the same time to form the Lady Bay Lower Lighthouse.

The light was originally powered by oil, then gas and later electricity.

In 1988, the lighthouse was converted to solar power. In 1993, the solar panel was removed and replaced by a 240 volt battery charger. The Upper Lighthouse is still in use.

 

Access

The lighthouse reserve is now part of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. An entry fee is charged.


The Griffiths Island Lighthouse (from the East).  Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse with keepers' cottages and signal station
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 Lady Bay Lighthouse from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


Notices

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) 2003 Bulletin Jun 03

The Surrounding Area


The Upper Lady Bay Lighthouse and cottages
Photograph: Kristie Eggleston


Special Thanks to:

  • Bob Adams for Photograph
  • Ed Kavaliunas for Photographs
  • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph
  • Kristie Eggleston for Photograph

Sources:

  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid
  • The Lighthouses of Victoria by Dacre Smyth

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