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North Mole Lighthouse
Admiralty Reference # 1764
1906 - present

Designer :
C. Y. O'Connor
First Lit :
Tower structure :
Cast iron - painted red
Tower Height :
Elevation :
Range :
11 miles
Illuminating apparatus :
fixed red light
Fuel :
Light Character :
Latitude :
  32 03.3S 
115 43.4E
Historical Details
  • Although the North Mole was the first of the two moles to commence construction, it was not until 1906 that a permanent light was installed. It needed that amount of time for the earthworks to settle.
  • The original lantern planned for the North Mole, like the South Mole light would have been too powerful and had already been sent to Broome where it was installed at Gantheume Point on a steel tower.
  • A similar cast iron tower, sent out from England at the same time as the South Mole tower, was kept in storage until it was time to build it out on the North Mole.
    The North Mole is a favourite fishing spot and a great vantage point for the beginning of many ocean yacht races.

On the way in and out of the harbour mouth on the way over to Rottnest Island, the last you pass is the red light built at the end of the North Mole which was built longer than the south mole in the first place to enable it to provide protection for the building of the south mole.

While the North Mole Light fights against the cranes for dominance of the landscape, it also heralds that this is a busy working port.