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Kiama

   

Kiama Harbour is situated 120km south of Sydney on the Australian east coast. Shipping had used the harbour for many years, but in 1876 a man-made basin, Robertson Basin, was opened. It was not until 1886 that tenders were called for the construction of a lighthouse. It was commissioned on the 1st January 1887.

Kiama Independent of 10 August 1886

Situated on the round apex of Blowhole point, the Kiama lighthouse stands from the sea level to the light at a height of 224 feet. (Note: the technical sheet shows it at 121 feet) The foundation is concrete, 14 feet in depth and 12 feet in diameter; from the bottom of the foundation to the top of the entrance is 16 feet. The height of the building from the floor to the coping is 36 feet, to the light is 40 feet, and to the top of the weather vane is 50 feet. The building is of brick, cemented outside and plastered within. The ascent is accomplished by means of three iron ladders, leading from one storey to another, the staircase being lighted by side lights. The top of the structure is surrounded by a very artistic railing; and the light, which will be of a similar magnifying power to the Hornby light, near Watson's Bay, is very shortly expected to arrive from England. The lighthouse is now quite finished, so far as the contractors are concerned, with the exception of receiving two or three coats of paint, which is now being done. A neat hexagonal fence is being erected round the building which will give it the trim and neat appearance and so closely associated in our minds with all lighthouses.

Like other lights in the vicinity, the apparatus was manufactured by Chance Bros, Birmingham England.

Kiama Harbour is now used only by fishing boats, with the town being a beautiful tourist haven.

 

 

   
Kiama at Night Postcard c1940 Postcard c1940 Postcard - Arial view

Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town Blowhole Rocks Kiama  Height - Elevation 15.5m (51ft) - 36.3m (119ft) 
Lat/Long: 3440.3 15052.0  Lantern  
Construction White round rendered brick tower  Lens  
Built 1887  Character Fl.(4)W. period 20s fl. 1s, ec. 2s fl. 1s, ec. 2s fl. 1s, ec. 2s fl. 1s, ec. 10s 
First Lit   Range NM 16W  
Automated 1920     
De-activated   Open Grounds only 
Architect Edward Moriarty  Access Grounds only 
Reference 6496 K 2598  Accommodation No 
Sources: White Towers - The Illawarra Lighthouses - AP Fleming 
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