State Library of South Australia logo Wooden walls and iron sides
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

Cape Borda lighthouse
Title : Cape Borda lighthouse Cape Borda lighthouse
Add To My SA Memory
Source : PRG 280/1/10/314, Searcy Collection
Date of creation : ca. 1910
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Copyright : Reproduction rights are owned by State Library of South Australia. This image may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires permission from the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :

The lighthouse at Cape Borda was erected in 1858 on Kangaroo Island. This is the only square stone tower in Australia. While the tower itself is only 10 metres high it is placed on towering cliffs 155 metres high. Situated at the western end of Kangaroo Island it was originally known as the Flinders Light. Provisions for the lighthouse keepers were landed at the nearby Harveys Return and hauled up the steep path on a railway. The light was originally red and white alternately, with the white light visible 30 miles. The light was demanned and automated in 1989.

The 150th anniversary of the lighthouse will be celebrated over the weekend of 4 October 2008. A festival of food and a special wine-bottling have been arranged by the organisers.

Because of the steep rocky nature of Kangaroo Island and with its remoteness Cape Borda and its lighthouse keepers have featured in a number of dramatic shipwrecks, including the Loch Sloy in 1889. A keeper's child has also been lost over the steep cliffs.
Coverage year : 1910
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Cape Borda
Region : Kangaroo Island
Further reading :

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

Parsons, Ronald. Lighthouses of South Australia Magill, S. Aust.: R. Parsons, c1985

Internet links :
Exhibitions and events :

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



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on