Monday, 23 April 2012

Vaucluse, Macquarie Lighthouse

Macquarie Lighthouse is located at South Head, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the eastern suburb of Vaucluse. A flagstaff was erected on this site in 1791. Australia's first and longest operating navigational lighthouse was built here in 1818 at the command of Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The poor quality of the sandstone used, resulted in the rapid deterioration of the original tower. The current lighthouse was designed by James Barnet as a replica of the original but using stronger materials and first exhibited in 1883. The lighthouse was fully automated in 1976 and in 1989 the lighthouse keepers were withdrawn.

17 comments:

  1. Striking image, and interesting info as always.

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  2. There aren't too many examples of colonial architecture left, so I love this lighthouse. Even in its reproduced form.

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  3. What a beautiful lighthouse! So very different.

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  4. Lovely shot. I haven't been there.

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  5. This photo has a lot going for it Jim. Simplicity, symmetry and striking colour. Congrats.

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  6. Classic shot Jim. It is a shame they don't have lighthouse keepers any more.

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  7. Beautiful! Love the contrast of the white lighthouse against that glorious blue sky!

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  8. I like the symmetry of this photo, Jim. Quite an amazing building.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your blue.

    Happy Blue Monday, Jim.

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  10. What a beautiful light house ... so
    pretty against the vivid blue sky.

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  11. Majestic.

    My BLUE, your comment will be much appreciated. Thank you!

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  12. Fabulous shot Jim, what a gorgeous lighthouse. As Mark said, shame there are no lighthouse keepers, they would have had great digs there!!

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  13. what a view and beautiful BLUE sky
    :-) Dropping by from BM

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