Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Watsons Bay, Hornby Lighthouse

Hornby Lighthouse is located at South Head, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. It was built in 1858 by public demand after the tragic shipwrecks of the Dunbar and the Catherine Adamson in 1857. It was opened by Governor of New South Wales Sir William Thomas Denison and named after the family of his wife, whose father became Admiral Sir Phipps Hornby, Commander in Chief of the British Pacific Fleet in the 1860s. The lighthouse was designed by colonial architect, Alexander Dawson and features distinctive red and white vertical stripes.

16 comments:

  1. I love this lighthouse. Great shot of it too.

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  2. In really good shape!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. What a terrific lighthouse and it does indeed look to be in great shape!! Great shot for the day, Jim!

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  4. If it were painted all white, it would be pretty plain, but with those stripes . . . Wow!

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  5. I love lighthouses, this one is especially beautiful !

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  6. Great painting here. I like this lighthouse.

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  7. Wow. This lighthouse must be off to a party somewhere.

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  8. Love the red stripes and the trompe l'oiel white "pillars".

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  9. I am watching Australia: Life on the Edge as I am looking at your lighthouse in Watson Bay. Perfect timing! The theme being discussed is the terrible and relentless ship wrecks of the mid 19th century.

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    1. That must be on pay tv because I don't see it on ABC or SBS?

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  10. Those red and white stripes really are distinctive. I can't remember ever having seen them on a lighthouse before.

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