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West Cape lighthouse
Title : West Cape lighthouse West Cape lighthouse
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Source : PRG 1362/1/349 Garbutt Collection
Date of creation : ca.1904-1987
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Donated by : Jim Garbutt
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Description :

Collection of postcards, and colour and black and white photographs of lighthouses collected by Jim Garbutt, together with notes on many of the lighthouses, and magazines produced by lighthouse authorities and enthusiasts.

West Cape lighthouse is one of a number of newer lights built in South Australia during the 1980s. It is also unusual in that it is built of stainless steel. The tower is 9 metres high and stands 67 metres above sea level, on the cliffs in Innes National Park at the foot of Yorke Peninsula. The light is solar powered and its light has a range of 22 kilometres.

Along with the lights at Althorpe Island and Cape Spencer, West Cape lighthouse guides ships safely into Spencer Gulf. There was no light at this point prior to 1980.

Period : 1980-2000
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Reid, Gordon, From dusk till dawn: a history of Australian lighthouses South Melbourne: Macmillan in association with the Dept. of Transport and Communications, 1988

Ibbotson, John, Lighthouses of Australia: images from the end of an era Surrey Hills, Vic.: Australian Lighthouse Traders, 2001

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Exhibitions and events :

State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing exhibitions. Wooden Walls and Iron Sides August 2004-



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