Crowdy Head Lighthouse

The Crowdy Head Lighthouse was built in 1878 with a fixed catadioptric light of less than 1,000 candelas.

History

A pilot station was established in 1860 at nearby Harrington to assist ships navigating the entrance of the Manning River with cargoes of timber, livestock and limestone.

In 1878, a fixed catadioptric light of less than 1,000 candelas was erected on Crowdy Head.

It was the last of a series of small lighthouses designed by James Barnet, the others being Fingal Head, Richmond River, Clarence River and Tacking Point.

The Crowdy Head tower was made of stone and painted white. The original light was a fixed white light of fourth order catadioptric type. It was originally manned by one lightkeeper.

In 1928 the apparatus was converted to automatic acetylene operation providing 1500 candelas and the keepers withdrawn. The light was finally converted to mains electricity in June 1972.

The demise of the shipping industry saw the closure of the pilot station in the 1960s.

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Tacking Point

Tacking Point

Tacking Point
Lighthouse Rd, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, Australia

Tacking Point

Direction

Crowdy Head

Crowdy Head

Crowdy Head
1 Elizabeth St, Crowdy Head NSW 2427, Australia

Crowdy Head

Direction

Sugarloaf Point

Sugarloaf Point

Sugarloaf Point
1 Kinka Rd, Seal Rocks NSW 2423, Australia

Sugarloaf Point

Direction

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Keepers

We need your help in compiling a list of keepers for this lighthouse. If you have any information then send it to keeper@lighthouses.org.au.

Please include this lighthouse’s name, the keepers full name and what years they were keepers. Also include the same information for any other lights they were on.

Technical Details

First Exhibited1878
Permanent Tower
Current Tower
StatusActive
Location Lat. 31°50'36.45"S Long. 152°45'12.50"E
Original OpticChance Bros 4th Order fixed
Current OpticVega FA-251
Automated1920
Demanned1920
ConstructionStone
Height7.3m
Elevation61m
Range16NM
CharacterGrp Fl. (2) 10 secs
IntensityWhite 28,000 cd, Red 7,000 cd
Light Source12 Volt 75 Watt Quartz Halogen Lamp
Power SourceMains Electricity
OperatorNSW Roads & Maritime
CustodianCrown Lands NSW
Notes

  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.

Access

The site is open 24 hrs, but there is no access to the tower.

Tours

No

Accommodation

No

Museum

No

Associated Lighthouses

Fingal Head

Richmond River

Clarence River

Tacking Point

Sources

  • Crowdy Head – Roxford Bree
  • Brian Lord for Photographs
  • Ian Clifford for Photographs
  • Dept of Transport
  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid
  • Mary Shelley Clark and Jack Clark
  • Sydney AFLOAT