C1880

Sir Henry Parkes Laying the Foundation Stone of the New Lighthouse at South Head.

Rare colonial engraving of the ceremony for laying the foundation stone for the Macquarie Lighthouse, also known as South Head Upper Light which was the first, and  longest serving, lighthouse in Australia. Located at Dunbar Head, on the Old South … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sir Henry Parkes Laying the Foundation Stone of the New Lighthouse at South Head.

Date:

C1880

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

178mm 
x 227mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sir Henry Parkes Laying the Foundation Stone of the New Lighthouse at South Head. - Antique Print from 1880

Genuine antique
dated:

1880

Description:

Rare colonial engraving of the ceremony for laying the foundation stone for the Macquarie Lighthouse, also known as South Head Upper Light which was the first, and  longest serving, lighthouse in Australia. Located at Dunbar Head, on the Old South Head Road, Vaucluse. The light commenced operation in 1883 and had a range of twenty five nautical miles. The technology used in this lighthouse (it was one of the first electrically powered lighthouses in the world) was such that a higher level of expertise in the maintenance was required and hence a larger number of staff. This led to the construction in 1881 of two semidetached cottages for the assistants to the Head Keeper. In 1885 new quarters were built for the Engineer and his assistant.

From the original edition of the Town and Country Journal.

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