Former lighthouse keeper Rob Tresize says the historic beacon from South Solitary Island will be turned on again at the Old Coffs Harbour Museum on Saturday, July 27.
Former lighthouse keeper Rob Tresize says the historic beacon from South Solitary Island will be turned on again at the Old Coffs Harbour Museum on Saturday, July 27. Trevor Veale

Former island lighthouse beacon set to shine again

IT CAST light over South Solitary Island for 95 years, shining the way for vessels along the shipping lanes of the Coffs Coast.

Still housed in the old Coffs Harbour Museum, the former lighthouse beacon is set to shine again, much to the delight of the Friends of South Solitary Island.

Rob Trezise, one of the last keepers of the island lighthouse before it was automated in

1975, said the group has been able to arrange for the lens to be switched on again on Saturday, July 27 from 9am-2pm.

"The South Solitary Island Lighthouse was an important beacon in a series of lighthouses that lit up the shipping lanes of the east coast, sort of like a coastal series of street lights," Mr Trezise said.

"The 100-watt kerosene lamp could be seen as far away as Smoky Cape.

"It's an important part of the Coffs Coast's history and the Friends of South Solitary Island ideally hope to see it incorpor- ated into a replica lighthouse that will form part of a mari- time museum on the Jetty Foreshores.

"We are continuing to hold discussions over this proposal with the council and State Gov- ernment departments."

The old lighthouse lamp is being powered up again to celebrate the resumption of tours to the island by Precision Helicopters and the NPWS.

For more details, you can phone Rob on 6651 2001.


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