Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is located in Western Australia
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Western Australia
LocationCape Leeuwin
Western Australia
Coordinates34°22′27″S 115°08′09″E / 34.37417°S 115.13583°E / -34.37417; 115.13583Coordinates: 34°22′27″S 115°08′09″E / 34.37417°S 115.13583°E / -34.37417; 115.13583
Year first lit1895
Constructionlimestone tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower on square base
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height39 metres (128 ft)
Focal height57 metres (187 ft)
Original lens2nd order Chance Brothers Fresnel lens[1]
CharacteristicFl W 7.5s.
Admiralty numberK1794
NGA number8872
ARLHS numberAUS-035
Heritagelisted on the Commonwealth Heritage List Edit this on Wikidata

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on the headland of Cape Leeuwin, /ˈlwɪn/ (About this soundlisten) the most south-westerly point on the mainland of the Australian Continent, in the state of Western Australia.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was constructed by a company led by M. C. Davies, with George Temple Poole supervising the construction of the light and designing the keepers’ quarters.[2] It was Opened with great ceremony in 1895 by John Forrest, the Premier of Western Australia. The lighthouse was automated in 1982.[2] The lighthouse, besides being a navigational aid, serves as an important automatic weather station. The lighthouse's buildings and grounds are now vested in the local tourism body and the single (1960s) and double (1980s) communications towers that were north-west of the lighthouse, seen in older photographs of Cape Leeuwin, have been removed.

The nearest functioning lighthouse north of Cape Leeuwin is the much smaller Cape Hamelin lighthouse, just south of the Hamelin Bay camping area.

The young Felix von Luckner, later a German World War I war hero, noted for his long voyage on the Seeadler during which he captured 14 enemy ships, was briefly assistant lighthouse keeper. He abandoned the job when discovered with his hotel-keeper's daughter by her father.

International Lighthouse Day was celebrated at Cape Leeuwin lighthouse for the first time in 2004.[3]

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Western Australia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Quarters". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ Lighthouses of Australia Inc. "Bulletin No 5/2004 - Sept/October 2004". Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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