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Crookhaven Heads

Crookhaven Heads is located on the coast just east of Nowra. A Pilot station was commissioned there on 1 February 1872. From 1882 a light consisting of a red lantern from a ship's mast-head and supported on 2 poles was erected. Later this was replaced with a brass lantern in a wooden lighthouse. The existing light was lit in 1904 and the replaced building demolished the next day. The lantern from the Cape St George Lighthouse, which was de-commissioned on the completion of the Pt Perpendicular lighthouse in 1898, was utilised. No longer used, the lighthouse fell into a state of disrepair but later refurbished with wire mesh surrounding the lantern room. It has again been neglected and vandals have broken every piece of glass in the lantern room despite the mesh. Being isolated and so short, it is an easy target. 


The light in pristine condition - C 1908
Why do people feel the urge to vandalise these lovely buildings?

Photo: Wollongong City Library & 
Illawarra Historical Society

Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town Nowra  Height - Elevation 7.0m (23ft) - 22.0m (72ft) 
Lat/Long: 3454.2 15046.8  Lantern  
Construction White round tower  Lens  
Built 1904  Character Q.W. 
First Lit   Range NM 8W  
De-activated   Open Grounds only 
Architect   Access Grounds only 
Reference 6500 K 2594  Accommodation No 
Sources: White Towers - The Illawarra Lighthouses - AP Fleming 
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