Eddystone Point

I visited Eddystone Point lighthouse, not far below the north-east corner of Tasmania, on 25th to 26th of July 1987.


Eddystone Point Lighthouse near Sunset.
25th July 1987,
Nagaoka Field Camera 5×4″,
f16 2.5 or 1.5 seconds plus polariser,
90mm Linhof Schneider Angulon,
Fujichrome 50
(Low-res scan from book)

The Eddystone Point lighthouse was built in 1889 and like the lighthouse at Gabo Island, was constructed of red granite quarried at the site.  It is 37 metres high.

Eddystone Point at Sunset Nagaoka 5x4" Field Camera 150mm Linhof Schneider Technika Symmar  f5.6 12 seconds  Fujichrome 50

Eddystone Point at Sunset
Nagaoka 5×4″ Field Camera
150mm Linhof Schneider Technika Symmar
f5.6 12 seconds
Fujichrome 50

It was built after several boats were wrecked on the coast and a large rock discovered hidden under the water nearby.  The miniature white “tower” beside the lighthouse is a subsidiary light directed at a specific set of rocks that was discontinued after the electrification of the lighthouse.


Eddystone Point Lighthouse and rocks at dawn
7:20am 26 July 1987
1937 Rolleiflex twin lens reflex with 75mm Tessar
f3.5 1/10 sec
Fujichrome 50

I was told several tales of sightings of thylacines when I was both at Eddystone Point and Low Head.  One I remember was of two policemen sitting in their car beside the road when a thylacine crossed in front of them but they weren’t game to report it for fear of ridicule.  North-east Tasmania has the highest incidence of reported Thylacine sightings.  I can well believe there might still have been a few in the region at that time.

7 comments on “Eddystone Point

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  2. enmanscamera says:

    I’ll just pause for a moment and say that I really like your light house shots.


  3. Clever cameo appearance in the second shot…


  4. Lois says:

    Great photos, what extraordinary shaped and coloured rock! Do you think there still are thylacenes about? It would be wonderful if there were


  5. Murray Foote says:

    Thanks Lois. It’s possible but not likely. They certainly survived beyond when the last one died in captivity in 1936. Scientists suggest that in the not-too distant future it may be possible to clone one from DNA (of I think a preserved fetus).


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