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Lighthouse cottages Corny Point
Title : Lighthouse cottages Corny Point Lighthouse cottages Corny Point
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Date of creation : 1906
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

The lighthouse and cottages at Corny Point were built in 1882. The lighthouse would guide the passage of ships approaching the grain ports of western Yorke Peninsula. Both the tower, store shed and two cottages were built of locally quarried limestone. The tower is about 14 metres high, (depending on the source consulted this can vary somewhat) and stands 30 metres above sea level. The cottages each contained four rooms and a kitchen, and had galvanised iron roofs. Large underground water tanks with domed roofs were constructed at the rear of the cottages to provide water for the households. The government lighthouse tender was called twice a year, and for many years the nearest large town was Yorketown. A school was opened at Corny Point in 1887, but for the children at the lighthouse this was still five miles away.

The Corny Point lighthouse was made automatic in June 1920. The lighthouse keepers left at the end of the month, and the cottages were sold and subsequently demolished.

Coverage year : 1906
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Corny Point
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

A Remarkable point: Corny Point Lighthouse and Hundred of Carribie Corny Point, S. Aust.: Lighthouse Centenary Book Committee, 1991

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

Phillips, Valmai Romance of Australian lighthouses Adelaide: Rigby, 1977

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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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