Currie Harbour Lighthouse
By WacoKidd110 @ 2011-05-23 06:04:06
1879. Reactivated (inactive 1989-1995, now maintained by the King Island Council); focal plane 46 m (151 ft); white flash every 6 s. 21 m (70 ft) square wrought iron skeletal tower with central cylinder, lantern, and gallery. The original 1st order Fresnel lens was replaced by a 4th order lens in 1940. Prefabricated in England by Chance Brothers, the entire lighthouse is painted white. The 1-story keeper's quarters has been a museum since 1980. The lighthouse was built to help steer ships away from King Island, which blocks the central part of the eastern entrance to Bass Strait. The light was moved to a steel pole in 1989, then returned to the tower following public protests. Located at the foot of Lighthouse Street in Currie, on the western side of King Island. Site open; museum open afternoons Thursday through Monday in the summer, Saturday and Sunday in the winter; tower closed.