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The Hornby Lighthouse at South Head, Sydney Australia

Two shipwrecks led to public opinion in Sydney demanding that a lighthouse be erected so that the entrance to Jacksons Bay could be exactly defined.

The first was the Dunbar of 1,334 tonnes in August 1857. It arrived at Sydney Heads on a gale ridden night. A pilot from the Watsons Bay Pilot station would have been unable to get out through the heads to guide the ship in, so the captain decided to seek shelter but got caught between The Gap and Outer South Head.

Two months later in October 1857 another wreck occurred, this time off North Head. It was the Catherine Adamson, a clipper ship of 895 tonnes with the loss of twenty-one lives including the pilot who was guiding the ship in.

The entrance to Jackson’s Bay, four-fifths of a nautical mile wide, seemly a good broad entrance, however as the two ships above had found, it was fraught with danger.

After these disasters a small lighthouse was erected at a low elevation on the extreme point of Inner South Head in 1858 amidst gun pits dug out by hard labour. Seventy years after the arrival of the First Fleet it was the third lighthouse to be built, after Macquarie and Nobbys Head, within what is now the current boundaries of New South Wales.

The light was opened by Sir William Denison, Governor of New South Wales, in 1858. It was named after the family of Governor Dennison’s wife, whose father became Admiral Sir Phipps Hornby, Commander in Chief of the British Pacific Fleet in the 1860s.

Taken by Canon 5D MK II, 17-40mm

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  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoover 2 years ago

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 2 years ago

    That is such a great information. I am writing a novel which [in part] takes us to 1858 in the Sydney area! Great timing! Thanks! ;)

    Excellent capture!

  • Many thanks Donna! That time must be interesting with all the naval fleet and Royal :)

    – Felix Haryanto

  • labaker
    labakerover 2 years ago

    interesting info, beautiful image

  • Thank you so much Larry, I’m glad you enjoy it :)

    – Felix Haryanto

  • Robyn Forbes
    Robyn Forbesover 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture, beautifully done :)

  • Thank you so much Robyn! Glad you like it :)

    – Felix Haryanto

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 2 years ago

    beautiful image mate, and great information, well done!

  • Thanks a lot Barry! always appreciate your comment :)

    – Felix Haryanto

  • Angelika Sielken
    Angelika Sielkenover 2 years ago

    this is a view and photographic execution one can write a book about Felix! omg, in LOVE:)

  • You are too kind Angelika, It was breathtaking scene, I just pressed the button. Thank you so much :)

    – Felix Haryanto

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture mate! Very well done!

  • Thank you very much mate! Appreciate that!

    – Felix Haryanto

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago

    FANTASTIC!
    Please SUBMIT/RE-SUBMIT this work:=> I’m doing moderation in groupings of six works for each member at a time so be sure to submit all of your awarded images within a week of award receipt to assure acceptance in the group!

    April 23, 2012

  • Thank you Dee!

    – Felix Haryanto

  • Andi Surjanto
    Andi Surjantoover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture Felix !

  • Thanks a lot mate! where is yours? :)

    – Felix Haryanto

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous shot matey :)

  • Thanks heaps Julie!

    – Felix Haryanto

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