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Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie by TonyCrehan

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Tacking Point Lighthouse is Australia’s third oldest lighthouse. It was built on a rocky headland about 8 kilometres south of Port Macquarie in 1879 by Shepard and Mortley, to a design by the New South Wales Colonial Architect, James Barnet. It is operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and is classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Tacking Point was named by explorer Matthew Flinders in 1802 during his 1802–1803 circumnavigation of Australia.

In the mid-nineteenth century, there were few lights in the Tacking Point area and over 20 ships were wrecked. The first wrecks occurred in 1823 and were the schooner Black Joe and the steamer Sumatra. Consequently, in 1879, a fixed catadioptric light of less than 1000 candelas was erected on Tacking Point. It was the fourth of five small navigational lighthouses built to a design by James Barnet.

The lighthouse was built of cement-rendered bricks and only needed to be 8 metres high due to the elevation of the site. In 1919, the light was converted from wick oil light to automatic acetylene operation, and was demanned in 1920. The light was converted to mains electricity in 1974.

Taken with Pentax k-r on 2 February 2012 at Port Macquarie.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 200
0 EV
1/160 sec.
Hand held

Minor adjustments to lighting in PSE9.

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture and presentation of this unique light house!

  • Thanks for adding this to your favourites and for your supportive comment Angie. It is an unusual little building compared to the normal hight towers. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    Stayed just near this location last year Tony !! beautiful shot mate.

  • Thanks for adding this to your favourites and for your supportive comment Wazza. Great holiday area. We hope to go back in September.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 3 years ago

    Lovely capture dear Tony and great narrative.x

  • Thank you for your supportive comments Catherine.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – TonyCrehan

  • bazcelt
    bazceltabout 3 years ago

    Great shot mate!

  • Thanks for adding this to your favourites and for your supportive comment Baz. Just managed to get this shot in after tourists got out of shot and before the rain storm arrived.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Click on the banner to enter the challenge and Good Luck

  • Thanks for the honour of a feature Audrey. A big thrill. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 3 years ago

    Nice Work …!

  • Thanks for your fave and comment Vaggy. Much appreciated.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago
  • Delighted to have my work featured in one of my favourite groups. Thanks Evita.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Andrew Prince
    Andrew Princealmost 3 years ago

    Your work and has caught our eye. We think your work is very impressive and would ask you to consider
    joining our group and submitting your image with us. We are a fun group that are looking for new and exciting talent like yourself.


  • Thank you for the invitation Andrew. I took a few shots when holidaying at Port Macquarie in January and we will be back again in September.

    – TonyCrehan

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByG12 months ago

    in the challenge Lighthouses of NSW

  • Hi there. Please excuse my late and standard “copy and paste” thank you response, whether it be for challenge result, feature, fave or comment on my work. I have just undergone two cataract operations and having difficulty reading or typing text for a couple of weeks until I can get new reading glasses. Distance vision is amazingly clear and sharp so maybe I should take a wireless keyboard and sit on the other side of the room. All the best.

    – TonyCrehan

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