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Ben Boyd Tower

Although built as a lighthouse, this tower was only ever used as a lookout tower for whale spotting

Boyds Tower, originally designed as a lighthouse by Benjamin Boyd, was built in 1847.

Boyd was a well known entrepreneur of the time who also built nearby Boydtown - he also had interests in both he whaling and shipping industries as well as owning vast grazing properties on the Monaro and in the Riverina. 

Following the failure of Boyd's financial empire, Boyd's tower was taken over by the Davidson family who used it to spot whales for their whaling operations at Kiah Inlet. During season, the tower was manned daily and when a whale was observed, boat crews were alerted with a gunshot. Twenty metres tall, the tower is surrounded by the sea on three sides. This constant exposure to the elements results in erosion of the tower. For protection, maintenance work is required every ten years - particularly to safeguard the mortar. 

It was not until 1973 that the area was declared a National Park with Boyd's Tower being added to that Park in 1976. Visitors can now enjoy magnificent views in this historic area.

Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town Eden  Height - Elevation 18.9m (62ft) - 103.7m (340ft) 
Lat/Long: 3706.1 14957.2  Lantern  
Construction Square masonry tower  Lens None 
Built 1846  Character N/A 
First Lit   Range NM  
De-activated   Open Grounds only 
Architect   Access Road 
Reference Nil  Accommodation No 
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