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Quobba Point

Admiralty Reference # 1716
1950 - present

Ralph Meakins Collection

 

Quobba is a wonderful example of how various elements of a lighthouse can be recycled. When the lighthouse was first constructed in 1950, it used the original stairway and lantern from the Point Cloates Lighthouse. This lantern in turn had earlier been used in the Cape Wickham Lighthouse, Tasmania. Originally built in 1860, the lens is on loan to the WA Maritime Museum but is not currently on show to the public.

Photo by Ralph Meakins ~1960's 

Photo by John O'Brien 2003

You can just see the outline of the original lantern in the earlier image, and then the FA 251 electric lantern in the more recent image above.

The addition of a balcony/walkway and solar panels in 1988, gives the tower a very different look.


Source: Australian Hydrographic excerpt of Chart 747 -1994

 

The word 'Quobba' is an aboriginal word (originating in the Perth area) for "good"

 

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