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The Colin Bishop Collection

 

  Colin Bishop was a Lighthouse Keeper from 1951 to 1972. Lighthouses were a part of his family life as he was born at Charles Point Light in 1922 to Ben and Agnes (Nester) Bishop while Ben was the Keeper there.

Like other Keepers photography became something of a hobby, resulting in a large body of slides. Many of these slides were beginning to deteriorate and I was delighted to meet with Colin's daughter Jennifer Kaye and his widow Naomi (Noni) Bishop, to look through the slides, using their local knowledge and memory to name and date the Lights, the surroundings and the people within the photos.

Over time I have scanned the slides and enhanced the images to counteract where possible the aging process of the slides.

photo of Colin??

 

Below are lists of the range of Lighthouses and surroundings covered in Colin's slides. When you click onto a link, it will take you to a page with images and historical information about that Light. There may also be images sourced from elsewhere on that page. Much of the background information about these lights is taken from a publication Lighthouses on the Western Australian coast and offshore islands by DA Cumming, M Glasson, & M McCarthy published by the Western Australian Maritime Museum in 1995. (NB: Where specific details are quoted from this resource, they will be acknowledged with Ref: Cumming et al)

Northern Territory

 

Cape Don 1959 - 1960

Cape Don

 

Kimberley

 

Cape Leveque 1956 -1958 & 1961 - 1964

Tanner Is

Cape Leveque

 

 

Pilbara

 

 

Gascoyne

 

North West Cape 1951

North West Cape

Vlaming Head

Steep Point

 

Batavia

Point Moore

1951 first posting on 6 months probation

Point Moore

 

Metropolitan

 

Wadjemup

Bathurst 

 

South West

Cape Naturaliste 1965 -1972

Cape Naturaliste

 

Great Southern

 

Eclipse Island 1952 - 1955

Eclipse

Various Lighthouse Tenders visited the lights at which Colin and his family lived over the years and were their means of transport between jobs.

Jennifer and her husband Norm Kaye are now actively involved in the restoration of the MV Cape Don at Balls Head in Sydney.

The MV Cape Don

Source: SMVCD Website

The Cape Don crew at work

Source: National Archives of Australia