How to build a lighthouse

The timber structure of the lighthouse going up. The photograph was taken from aboard the visiting vessel <em>Cape Grafton</em>, 24 March 1994. Image: Deborah Gillespie.

The timber structure of the lighthouse going up. The photograph was taken from aboard the visiting vessel Cape Grafton, 24 March 1994. Image: Deborah Gillespie.

In 1993, the Australian National Maritime Museum was ready the rebuild the Cape Bowling Green Light.  After some discussion, a site near the wharf was selected.  Reconstruction of the lighthouse started in late 1993.  This visual story shows how the lighthouse was rebuilt piece by piece at Darling Harbour.

The lighthouse was reconstructed by participants in LEAP (Landcare and Environment Action Program).  The scheme allowed young unemployed people to gain skills while delivering environmental and cultural heritage projects.  We only have the names of a few of the participants.  Twenty three years on, we’d like to know what memories they have of the project and what kind of effects it had on their lives.  If you are one of the participants or know someone who was, we’d love to hear from you.

Look out for our next blog post on our current project for the Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse.

— Rebecca Dallwitz, Senior Objects Conservator. 

The museum is carrying out essential conservation on the lighthouse. This work is made possible by a generous donation from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The lighthouse will be accessible during International Lighthouse Weekend on Sunday 20 August from 1-4pm.  Please contact us for opening hours on other days.