Eclipse Island Lighthouse

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Eclipse Island Lighthouse was built in 1926 on Eclipse Island off the south coast of Western Australia[1]

It was built as a cylindrical tower made of concrete. Initially it was a manned station using kerosene as lantern fuel in combination with a first order Fresnel lens. In 1976 the lantern was completely removed though and the optic was put on display at the Western Australian Museum. Today the light is emitted from atop a mast on the lighthouse's concrete trunk. The characteristic is a group of three flashes every twelve seconds from a focal plane at 117 metres (384 ft) above sea level.[2]

Three family quarters made of brick with fibro roofing along with several outbuildings, concrete tanks and bases, generator shed, helipad and a concrete landing can be found around the lighthouse. A trestle based light gauge railway and cable towers are also found in the lighthouse precinct, and was all constructed during the interwar period.[3]

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  1. ^ "The New Lighthouse on Eclipse Island.". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 29 August 1926. p. 1 Section: Second Section. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Western Australia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 21 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Heritage Assessment Documentation". 2001. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 

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Coordinates: 35°10′58″S 117°53′12″E / 35.18278°S 117.88667°E / -35.18278; 117.88667