A High Light on our Heritage
1902 was a time of great pride - the creation of a national government in Australia and the commencement of infrastructure building on a national scale. Part of this building program was the replacement of an earlier timber lighthouse (shifted from Queenscliff) with a more permanent structure. The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse has since marked "landfall" for thousands of immigrants, merchants, defence personnel and tourists.
Now, 115 years later, the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse joins 295 lighthouses around the world in celebrating International Lighthouse Weekend on August 19 and 20.
International Lighthouse Weekend was sytarted in 1993 by the Ayr Radio Club in Scotland.
Australia's participation is the third highest in the world with 38 lighthouses behind Germany with 50 and the USA with 48. The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Precinct has been listed by the Federal Government as a priority for National Heritage status.
The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, together with the Geelong Amateur Radio Club, will be participating by opening the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse for tours on both Saturday and Sunday 19 - 20 August. Tours will be running every hour starting at 9.30 am with the last tour at 3.30 pm.
The historic Compressed Air Fog Horn (which makes the newer electronic one sound like it's still in training) will sound at 10.30 am. 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm.
The Geelong Amateur Radio Club will be set up at the base of the Lighthouse and in the Museum's Marconi Shed.
As this is a very popular weekend, and only 8 people can climb with a tour guide to the awesome view form the deck surrounding the light, pre-bookings are strongly recommended
Adult $10 (Concession $8)
Children (5-14 years) $5
Bookings can be made on 03 5258 3440 / 0490 550 837.
As the plan for the redevelopment of the Lighthouse Precinct takes shape, it is hoped to refurbish the Rocket Shed, which played such a vital role in early sea rescues, as a permanent display by the Museum and as a radio station for the Geelong Amateur Radio Club