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23-July-2015
23-July-2015

Photographs supplied by Erika Shankley

A bronze plaque commemorates lighthouse keepers and their families for their contribution to maritime safety in the Tasman Island region from 1906 to 1976. 

The plaque was produced by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) at the instigation of former keeper Karl Rowbottom, who is a volunteer with the Friends of Tasman Island (FoTI).  This group is one of over 80 volunteer others which form Wildcare Inc, Tasmania's largest incorporated volunteer organisation caring for wild places, wildlife and cultural heritage.  FoTI works in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service (PWS) who administer Tasman Island, which is now part of the Tasman National Park.   Volunteers visit the island on working bees several times a year, carrying out maintenance, conservation and restoration work on lightstation buildings as well as the natural environment.  The lighthouse remains operational and is maintained by AMSA.

The lighthouse was first lit in on 2 April 1906, automated in 1976 and keepers subsequently withdrawn in 1977.  Lightkeepers and their families, living in such remote areas around the coast, played an important role in maritime safety..

The photograph of the unveiling of the plaque shows the former Keeper at Tasman Island, Karl Rowbottom (on left) with Elaine Bell who is the great grand-daughter of the first keeper on Tasman Island, George Johnston and his wife Jessie.  On the right is Carol Jackson, who spent her childhood at lightstations on Tasman Island, Eddystone Point and Low Head and is the daughter of lightkeeper, Jack Jackson and his wife Val. 

Location

Address:Tasman Island Lighthouse, Tasman Island
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -43.239556
Long: 148.005102
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Industry

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 11th April, 2015
Front Inscription
THE AUSTRALIAN MARITIME SAFETY AUTHORITY &  FRIENDS OF TASMAN ISLAND - WILDCARE INC. 

DEDICATE THIS PLAQUE TO THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR THEIR INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO MARITIME SAFETY IN THIS REMOTE REGION 1906 -1976

Australian Government
Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Friends of Tasman Island

Wildcare Incorportated

 
Source: MA
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