Goose Island lighthouse

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Goose Island
Goose Island Lighthouse.jpg
Goose Island lighthouse is located in Tasmania
Goose Island lighthouse
Location Bass Strait, Australia
Coordinates 40°18′S 147°48′E / 40.300°S 147.800°E / -40.300; 147.800Coordinates: 40°18′S 147°48′E / 40.300°S 147.800°E / -40.300; 147.800
Year first lit 1846
Construction Rubblestone
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White
Height 30 m
Focal height 36 m
Characteristic Fl. (2) 10 s
Admiralty number K3600
NGA number 6644
ARLHS number AUS-064

The Goose Island lighthouse is operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and has been unmanned since 1931. It was originally constructed in 1846 with the use of convict labour. On 31 March 1857 the station was raided by pirates. From 1985 to 1990 a wind generator was used as a power source for the light, today the electricity is generated by solar panels.[1] The tower was built as a 30-metre (98 ft)-tall rubblestone construction employing a Fresnel lens, which today is on display in Hobart at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.[1] The focal plane of the lightsource is located 36 m above sea level, the light's characteristic is a double flash every ten seconds.

Goose Island contains historic relics from the time when the lighthouse was manned, such as the remains of a wooden tramway used to supply the lighthouse, as well as the graves of light keepers, or members of their families, who died by drowning.[2]