Gantheaume Point Lighthouse
The current steel skeletal tower is the fourth lighthouse at Gantheaume Point.
The first was established by the WA government in July 1905 after lobbying by traders and pearling masters. The notice to mariners describes the light as a ‘dioptric fixed light of the fourth order…on an open braced steel tripod’. The white light was 56 feet (17m) above high water.
A cottage for the lightkeeper was built nearby. All that remains of the cottage is the fireplace and chimney.
In early 1910 the tripod was replaced by a more substantial structure, a pyramidal steel tower with a service room underneath the lantern. The character of the light was changed to occulting, i.e. the period of light is longer than the period of darkness. The lighthouse was built by the Public Works Department with steelwork supplied by the Perth firm of Bela Makutz, which supplied the Cape Leveque tower in 1911.
The light was tranferred to the Commonwealth in 1915 and is now managed by AMSA.
In 1917 the light was converted from kerosene to automatic operation with acetylene. The keeper was withdrawn and the cottage was eventually sold to local identity Patrick Percy.
The second tower survived until the early 1960s when it was replaced by a steel lattice tower with a new lantern.
The current tower was erected in 1984 and is powered by mains electricity.
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Sven Peter Anderson, Lightkeeper, July 1905 – late 1915/early 1916
Charles James Abercrombie, Assistant (in charge), By 31 August 1916
Ernest Murray MacDonald, Assistant (in charge), By Nov 1916 – 10/1917
Position abolished Oct 1917 on automation of the light.
|Location||Lat: 17° 58.449' S
Long: 122° 10.647' E
|Current Optic||Vega VRB-25|
|Construction||White NAL-1 lantern on stainless steel lattice tower|
|Range||Nominal: 18 nm Geographical: 16 nm|
|Character||Fl. W. 10 secs|
|Light Source||12V, 35W C8 Halogen LP PR30s|
|Power Source||240V AC Mains|
|Notes||As at Oct 2016|
The tower is not open to the public.
The lighthouse grounds are open all year round.
No tours are available.
No lighthouse accommodation is available
Detail to come.
There is no Friends Group
Detail to come.
Detail to come.
Keeper information: Government Gazettes and Trove