South Channel Pile Light

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South Channel Pile Light
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South Channel Pile Light
South Channel Pile Light is located in Victoria
South Channel Pile Light
Location Port Phillip Bay
Coordinates 38°18.3′S 144°45.4′E / 38.3050°S 144.7567°E / -38.3050; 144.7567Coordinates: 38°18.3′S 144°45.4′E / 38.3050°S 144.7567°E / -38.3050; 144.7567
Year first constructed 1874
Year first lit 1874
Automated 1925
Deactivated 1985
Foundation wooden piles
Construction wooden tower
Tower shape octagonal prism keeper's quarter with balcony around and lantern on the roof
Markings / pattern white lighthouse and golden balcony
Height 9 metres (30 ft)
Focal height 9 metres (30 ft)
Light source acetylene
Admiralty number 2325.5
NGA number 523.4
ARLHS number US-150
Managing agent Port of Melbourne Authority

The South Channel Pile Light is a single-storey octagonal lighthouse in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia.

It was built between 1872 and 1874 to guide ships through the narrow South Channel and was occupied by lighthouse keepers until 1925. The light ceased operation in 1985, having operated as a navigational beacon for 111 years, and fell into an era of neglect and vandalism. The structure was restored by Parks Victoria in 1998 in accordance with Heritage Victoria guidelines and relocated three kilometres off the coast of Rye Beach.[1][2]

The site is listed in the Victorian Heritage Register.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Port Phillip". Parks Victoria. 
  2. ^ "The South Channel Pile Light". Lighthouses of Victoria. Lighthouses of Australia Inc. 
  3. ^ "{{{2}}}, Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H1519". Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 2011-03-27.