Breaksea Island Lighthouse

The first tower on Breaksea Island was commenced in May 1857 by Royal Engineers under Capt. Wray. The cost was borne by the  Imperial Government with all materials sent from England.

History

Made to a design by the Colonial Lighthouse Engineer at the Board of Trade in London, the 13.1m high octagonal cast-iron tower was imported from England and assembled on Breaksea Island at the entrance to King George’s Sound by convicts in 1858.

The lighthouse was lit by a 2nd order catadioptric light with oil burners and was placed 116.7m asl and was visible for 9 leagues (27 NM). The island was connected to Albany by telephone in 1885.

The current tower in rough dressed stone and standing 7.3m tall was built in 1901 and was given a Chance Brothers 1st order fixed lens housed inside a massive 14′ (4.3m) lantern. The contract price for the tower was £2700. In 1915 the lens was valued at £3251.

Manning ceased in 1926 and the light became lit by acetylene gas.  Gas cylinders were pulled by seamen harnessed to a cart and later by jeep. In 1984 it was converted to Solar power.

Lighthouses on the Western Australian Coast and Off-Shore Islands
1995 Author/s D.A. Cumming, M. Glasson and M. McCarthy
http://museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/maritime-reports/lighthouses-western-australian-coast-and-shore-islands
http://museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/sites/default/files/no._100_lighthouses_on_wa_coast_0.pdf

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Keepers

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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 Exhibited1858
CurrentTower1902
Architect
StatusActive
LocationLat: 35° 03.8680' S Long: 118° 03.4510' E
Original Optic
Current OpticChance 920 mm f.r. with 160° vertically de-centred dioptric mirror
Automated
Demanned1926
ConstructionGrey stone tower and white Chance 14′ diameter lantern
Height16 m
Elevation119 m
RangeNominal: 13 nm Geographical: 27 nm
CharacterFl. W. (2) in 6 secs
Intensity5,900 cd
Light Source12V 35W C8 Halogen
Power SourceSolar Conv'n: Nov 1984
OperatorAMSA
NotesAs at Sept 2015

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

Access

The lighthouse grounds are open all year round. The tower is not open to the public. The island could be accessed by boat or helicopter.

Tours

No tours are available.

Accommodation

No lighthouse accommodation is available

Museum

Museum of the Great Southern

Links

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Sources

Lighthouses on the Western Australian Coast and Off-Shore Islands
1995 Author/s D.A. Cumming, M. Glasson and M. McCarthy External link