Bathurst Lighthouse

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Bathurst Lighthouse
Bathurst lighthouse, Rottnest-4.jpg
Bathurst Lighthouse is located in Australia
Bathurst Lighthouse
Location Rottnest Island, Australia
Coordinates 31°59′22″S 115°32′28″E / 31.98944°S 115.54111°E / -31.98944; 115.54111Coordinates: 31°59′22″S 115°32′28″E / 31.98944°S 115.54111°E / -31.98944; 115.54111
Year first lit 1900
Automated 1920
Construction Limestone
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White with golden lantern dome
Height 19.2 m
Focal height 30 m
Intensity 13,800 cd
Range 14 nautical miles (26 km)
Characteristic Fl. (4) 16 s
Admiralty number K1765
ARLHS number AUS-006

Bathurst Lighthouse is one of two lighthouses on Rottnest Island, the other being Wadjemup Lighthouse. It is located on Bathurst Point, in the north east of the island, and was activated in 1900. The lighthouse was erected in response to a series of shipping disasters in the area, which included the loss of the City of York in 1899.

Former lighthouse keepers residence

The lightsource and lantern house were originally to be used at Cape Leeuwin but were then built in on Rottnest Island. In 1920 the original acetylene flame was replaced by a flasher, which made the keeper superfluous. An electric light was installed in 1986.

Bathurst Lighthouse serves as the rear light in the pair of Kingston Reef's leading lights, which guide ships departing from Fremantle through the reefs near the island. Its light is characterised by a group of four flashes that occurs every sixteen seconds.

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