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Point Hicks Lighthouse by Ern Mainka

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Point Hicks Lighthouse, Croajingalong NP, Victoria, Australia.
Three image composite Photoshop.
© Ern Mainka

The Point Hicks Lighthouse
Originally called Point Hicks, then later named Cape Everard, the former name was reinstated in 1970, ending a long running controversy over the name of Captain Cook’s first landfall in Australia.

The Point Hicks Lighthouse was built in 1887-88, and was first lit in May 1890. In a break with tradition at the time, the tower was constructed of concrete. The two keepers quarters were built from timber.

The kerosene lamp and clock mechanism were upgraded to electric operation with the connection of mains power in 1965. The light was more recently converted to solar power.

The lighthouse is believed to be haunted by the ghost of former Lightkeeper Christofferson.

A unusual feature of the light tower is its cast iron spiral staircase, which has 162 steps cantilevered from the walls, rather than the traditional stone steps which are built around a central column.

Originally access to Point Hicks was by sea. In 1920 a return trip, by land to Cann River, 47 kilometres away from the light station, took two days. By 1946 the journey had been reduced to 36 hours by a combination of horse and jeep. During the early 1950s it was still a 12-hour ordeal. Today, the journey is possible in 50 minutes but is still treated with respect.

The light was known as Cape Everard from 1843 until 1970 when it was changed back to Point Hicks. It seem that there was some doubt to whether this was Cook’s first landfall in Australia, in 1770, because Cook had not taken account of crossing the International Date Line when recording his log. Therefore it was not challenged when the cape was latter named Everard. In the lead up to Cooks bi-centenary research was undertaken and the case was presented successfully to restore the rightful name.


    KEITH R. WILL...over 5 years ago


  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdover 5 years ago

    Very cool work Ern

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythover 5 years ago

    amazing image – I have seen purple lightning but never pink. Great to catch it in layers

  • Rodney Williams
    Rodney Williamsover 5 years ago

    Very powerful image. Well done.

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonover 5 years ago

    If only life was this good..

  • Oh yes Donovan. Cue the Sun, roll thunder, roll camera ….aaand….Action.

    – Ern Mainka

  • Hicksy
    Hicksyover 5 years ago

    Cool shots aand editing on these Ern. Not a bad name for the place either :-)

  • Daniel Rayfield
    Daniel Rayfieldover 5 years ago

    Every so often I see an image such as this, it leaves me in awe. To know that there is a capture out there that is This good.
    Thanks for sharing this is amazing!

  • Karen Gunn
    Karen Gunnover 5 years ago

    wow wow WOW !!!

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 5 years ago

    Hi Ern, I thought I already commented on this one! Must be going mad! It is a stunning piece of work here! Love those colours and the ‘aliveness’ that this image portrays!

  • Aleksander
    Aleksanderover 5 years ago

    wonderful composition Ern!

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