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Point King Lighthouse

Western Australia

Location Princess Royal Harbour, Albany, Western Australia
Coordinates 35°02′06.1″S 117°55′05.7″E / 35.035028°S 117.918250°E / -35.035028; 117.918250Coordinates: 35°02′06.1″S 117°55′05.7″E / 35.035028°S 117.918250°E / -35.035028; 117.918250
Year first constructed 1858 (first)
Year first lit 1911 (second)
Automated 1913
Deactivated 1911 (first)
Construction wooden tower (first)
skeletal tower (second)
steel (current)
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and beacon (current)
Markings / pattern white tower
Height 9 metres (30 ft)
Focal height 42 metres (138 ft)
Range 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic FI W 3s
Admiralty number K1802
NGA number 8840
ARLHS number AUS-279

Point King Lighthouse was a lighthouse located on the northern entrance to Princess Royal Harbour in Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The lighthouse was the first navigational light for the Port of Albany and the second lighthouse to be built on the West Australian coastline.

History

Following the end of the Crimean War in 1856, a return of the profitable mail boat service from England, via Albany, to the eastern states was anticipated and the need for a lighthouse into the harbour was foreseen.

The British Government proposed to construct two lighthouses in the area in 1857, one on Breaksea Island and the other at Point King, on the understanding that the local government met the running costs. Construction commenced shortly afterward and the prefabricated lights arrived in June; the project was completed later in the year and the lighthouse commenced operating on New Years Day in 1858 with William Hill employed as the light keeper.

The original lighthouse consisted of the keeper's house situated 47 feet (14 m) above the high water mark on the granite point. The building had a 17 feet (5 m) high square wooden tower equipped with an oil-fired light visible from 12 miles (19 km) away. The light was operated manually and the keeper lived in the dwelling where the tower was housed.

The lighthouse was made redundant in June 1911. The building remained unused for many years with the roof and tower lost many years ago. In 1995 a conservation plan was prepared but by 1999 no work had been carried out.

In 2011 the Albany City Council set aside A$20,000 to stabilize the ruins.

Keepers

  • Joseph Nelson 1857-1867
  • Samuel Mitchell 1867-1903
  • John Reddin 1903–1911
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