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Macquarie

The first lighthouse in Australia was instigated by Lachlan Macquarie, an early governor. He laid the foundation stone on July 11 1816, and named it Macquarie Tower. Francis Greenway, who had arrived in Australia as a convict, and later pardoned for his architectural works, designed the lighthouse. The new country was 26 years old by this stage, and the only previous attempt at a light to guide ships into the colony's main harbour was in 1794 when an iron basket was
erected on a tripod. It initially burnt wood, and a few years later coal. The new light was first lit on 30 November 1818.

Greenway had predicted that the tower would not last, due to the soft sandstone used in the construction. Even by 1823 it had begun to crumble away and in an attempt to keep the structure together, large steel bands were placed around the tower. A new tower was finally started in 1881, just metres away from the original tower. James Barnet, who to was build some of the nicest lighthouses in Australia, kept his design close to that of  the original tower. The lantern room was enlarged and his distinctive gunmetal rail was added. The new light was first displayed in 1883.

Macquarie re- opened to visitors!

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust took over the management of Macquarie Lighthouse
 a couple of years ago and following recent repairs to the building we are now able to open 
the tower to the public every second month on a weekend day.

Macquarie Lighthouse Open Days
Every second month 10am - 4pm
Take a tour to learn about the history of this remarkable place and see
magnificent harbour and city views from the top.

Cost: 
$5 Adults
$3 Concession/Child
$13 Family (2 adults and up to three children)

Bookings essential and limited
phone the Harbour Trust on (02) 89692131 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Check out details online at www.harbourtrust.gov.au

From my private collection


Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town South Head Sydney  Height - Elevation 25.9m (85ft) - 104.9m (344ft) 
Lat/Long: 3351.3 15117.0  Lantern  
Construction White round concrete tower  Lens 1st order 
Built 1883  Character Fl.(2)W. period 10s 
First Lit   Range NM 25W  
Automated      
De-activated   Open Yes 
Architect James Barnet  Access Foot 
Reference 6316 K 2632  Accommodation No 
See Also: Point Perpendicular 
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