I photographed Point Perpendicular lighthouse on 11th July 1987.
First, here are three images from the lantern room of the lighthouse, of the bulb and the fresnel lenses.
The lighthouse was first used in 1899 (though it bears the date of 1898). It was the first in Australia to be built of concrete blocks, formed on site then lifted and cemented into place.
It replaced the Cape St George lighthouse, which we will see and discuss in the next post.
The reason for the name is obvious if you go there. It is on a point surrounded by seventy-metre vertical cliffs that plunge directly into the sea. The lighthouse itself is twenty metres high.
The is one of the few lighthouses that were not isolated. The town of Nowra is about forty kilometres away and the village of Currarong about ten. The keepers’ children would have attended a local school and there would always have been a road. I think the walls surrounding the lighthouse cottages would be more for protection from the winds than for privacy.
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Have enjoyed these posts.
Here’s something interesting for Lighthouse lovers!
Thank you. And a great tale of the experiences of a lighthouse keeper.
There was one other type of lighthouse used in Australia and that was a lightship. They were sometimes moored on a reef where it was too difficult to build a lighthouse. I never saw one and they probably only belong in the distant past.
Gosh, now ya have me reminiscing about the days of trudging around with my 4X5…. Excellent images of the lighthouse and I appreciate the information you’ve included about Point Perpendicular.
Thanks very much, John. I scanned them some years ago but my computer wasn’t up to the processing task at the time. So I’m just slowly getting through them now.
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