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Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse

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Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse
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Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse and the Needle Rocks on a clear day in December 2005.
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse is located in Tasmania
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse
Tasmania
LocationMaatsuyker Island
Tasmania
Australia
Coordinates43°39′25″S 146°16′17″E / 43.656952°S 146.271518°E / -43.656952; 146.271518
Year first constructed1891 (first)
Year first lit1996 (current)
Deactivated1996 (first)
Constructionbrick tower (first)
fiberglass tower (current)
Tower shapeconical tower with balcony and lantern (first)
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height15 metres (49 ft) (first)
Focal height140 metres (460 ft) (current)
Original lensFirst order Fresnel by Chance Brothers
Range26 nautical miles (48 km; 30 mi) (first)
CharacteristicFl W 7.5 s. except every fourth flash omitted
Admiralty numberK3656
NGA number6880
ARLHS numberAUS-104
Managing agentAustralian Maritime Safety Authority
Heritagelisted on the Tasmanian Heritage Register Edit this on Wikidata

Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse is a lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island, Tasmania, Australia.[1] It was the last Australian lighthouse still being officially operated by lightkeepers. A second, smaller, and automated lighthouse was installed in 1996 but it is unclear whether volunteers are going to continue to work the lights on Maatsuyker Island.

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Location

The lighthouse is located near the south-west tip of Maatsuyker Island, probably because its main function originally would have been to warn ships approaching from the west and being blown in an easterly direction by the prevailing westerly winds of the Roaring Forties. Many ships were shipwrecked on the south and west coasts of Tasmania from the earliest days of sail, until the advent of modern navigation aids, because of a combination of the westerly gales and the dangerous coastline.

History

In 1891 the lighthouse was completed and until today it remains Australia's most southerly lighthouse. A first order Fresnel lens made by Chance Brothers was used in the lantern and is still operational.[2] From the inauguration until the installation of the automated light,[when?] the lighthouse was manned by a small staff of volunteer lighthouse keepers, who constituted the total population of the island.[3]

In August 2019, two volunteer lighthouse caretakers became engaged to be married at the lighthouse.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse". Lighthouses of Australia Inc. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Tasmania". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  3. ^ Ross, Angela (17 December 2016). "Call for volunteer caretakers on remote Maatsuyker Island". ABC News. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  4. ^ Burgess, Georgie (10 August 2019). "Surprise engagement, aurora show all in a week's work for lighthouse keepers". ABC News. Retrieved 15 October 2019.

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