Nobbys Lighthouse is located in Newcastle NSW Australia and was once an island and separated from the mainland by a dangerous strip of rocky ocean. During the early 1800s it was decided to fill the area now known as Macquarie Pier using convict labour and material from both Nobbys Island and the Colliers Point Quarry near Fort Scratchley. The convicts were split up into two groups, one lot working from Nobbys and the other from the mainland. The breakwall was completed on 9th June 1846 although with the end of convict labour the project fell into disrepair for many years before a project was undertaken to reduce the height of the island to provide material to repair the damage to the breakwall and to level the top of the island to provide the location for a light house.
It is believed that the rail line shown in the foreground of this image was used at sometime in the project to transport heavy material to the area. In more recent times the breakwall was extended beyond Nobbys out into the ocean to provide a safer and more protected harbour entrance to the Port of Newcastle.
This railway line has been buried for many years however reappears periodically during high winds such as the recent dust storms and gale force weather.
This image was taken with a Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270mm lens wound to 35mm, F11, ISO 400, hand held … and I was lying on the ground!!