Nobby's Lighthouse - Newcastle NSW

Bev Woodman

Valentine, Australia

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Nobby’s Lighthouse is situated in Newcastle NSW Australia. This image was taken from Horseshoe Beach with Newcastle Harbour in the foreground. The area where the lighthouse stands was once an island, Nobby’s Island, joined to the mainland by a shallow rocky outcrop that over the years has been filled to form what is now known as Macquarie Pier.

The first written evidence of the island was documented in the ship’s log of Captain James Cook on the 10th May 1770. In 1797 while looking for escaped convicts from Port Jackson, Lieutenant John Shortland was credited with discovering the Hunter River at whose mouth Nobby’s stands. In 1801 Lieutenant-Colonel William Patterson arrived in the port with a party of 70 to survey the area followed by a more permanent settlement occurring in 1804 when Lieutenant Charles Menzies arrived with 12 soldiers, 34 prisoners and 4 civilians to establish a penal settlement. The rest is history now but Nobby’s still stands as a sentinel to the harbour and the people who live in the Hunter River Region.

This image was taken with a Nikon D80, Sigma 120-400 mm lens. Post work I played around with poster edges in Filters in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

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