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Wollongong Harbour


Wollongong Harbour is situated 80km south of Sydney on the Australian east coast. It is the only point on the east coast to have 2 lighthouses, the other being Wollongong Headland Lighthouse

With the expansion out of Sydney in the early 1800's, Wollongong Harbour was developed to serve the new township of Wollongong and the Illawarra region. In the 1860's work on the harbour included the construction of a basin and breakwater. At this time "... at the end of the pier a red light was fixed to guide boats into the harbour." 

In 1869 tenders were invited for the construction of lighthouses at Wollongong and Ulladulla. Manufactured in England, shipped to Australia and assembled, construction began in November 1870 and although completed in March 1871, it stood unfinished until the lantern arrived from England in June 1871. More delays occurred until finally it was brought into permanent use on 1st March 1872. The lantern was manufactured by Chance & Co Birmingham England and was described in 1873 as being "... a fixed Dioptric system of the 4th Order with a fixed red light." The original apparatus was dismantled around 1970, as it was proposed to use this at Eden. The light was permanently extinguished in 1974.

In 2000 the light was fully restored.

Wollongong Lighthouse circa 1890
Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse Circa 1890
(Wollongong City Library & Illawarra Historical Society)
My daughter's drawing of the Lighthouse
My daughter's depiction of the light
Lighthouse tower c 1940 Lighthouse tower and breakwater c 1920
Items from private my collection

Lighthouse and harbour c 1907

Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town Wollongong  Height - Elevation 13.1m (43ft) - 17.1m (56ft) 
Lat/Long: 3425.0 15054.0  Lantern  
Construction Prefabricated Iron  Lens  
Built 1872  Character  
First Lit   Range NM  
De-activated 1974  Open Grounds only 
Architect Edward Moriarty  Access Road 
Reference   Accommodation No 
See Also: Warden Head Ulladulla 
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