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Williamstown Timeball

The Lighthouse was erected in 1852, and replaced earlier navigational aids established from the time of the first settlement in 1835. A Timeball apparatus mounted on top of the bluestone tower operated regularly until 1926. 

The Timeball Tower is situated at Point Gellibrand, Williamstown. Its original use was as a signalling device to ships. From 1858 until 1926 the large ball on the top was dropped each afternoon at one o'clock to allow shipmasters moored offshore to correct their chronometers.

In 1932 it was adapted for use as a lighthouse by the addition of a 30ft circular brick tower and it operated as such until 1987. The Williamstown Historical Society has recently had the brickwork removed and the restored to its original design.


Williamstown Timeball Tower

Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town   Height - Elevation 17.1m (56ft) - 22.3m (73ft) 
Lat/Long: 3835 14320  Lantern  
Construction Square bluestone tower  Lens N/A 
Built 1849  Character  
First Lit   Range NM  
De-activated   Open Grounds only 
Architect   Access Road 
Reference   Accommodation No 
See Also: Semaphore Timeball 
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