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Lights of the Great Southern

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Esperance  Cull Island  Figure of Eight Is Hopetoun Cave Point

     
Point King Breaksea Is Eclipse Is Point D'Entrecasteaux

A regional summary

ALBANY

Albany was an essential port of call for ships travelling to the Eastern States. Following the end of the Crimean War, there were great hopes that the renewed shipping trade would further establish Albany as the preferred port of call for the lucrative mail boat services to the eastern stastes in particular The first lights built were at Point King and Breaksea Island.

 

Once CY O'Connor blew up the sand bar blocking the Swan River in 1901, Albany Port's dominance began to wane. It was however to have one more spectacular role to play as the point of assembly and departure in WW1 for the 1st & 2nd Detachments of Australian & New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces for the Middle East and European theatres of war. Plans are in place for a re-enactment of this great sight for 1 November, 2014 to copmmemorate the fleet of thirty eight ships assembled in King George’s Sound, before it set sail escorted by six warships.

 

ESPERANCE

The area was slowly opened up by farmers who believed that the light soils would provide excellent pasture lands.