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A monument commemorates those who worked at the Wickham Light Station from 1858 to 1941.

Lighthouses were built to improve safety at sea, becoming refuges for the survivors of shipwrecks and all too often the final resting place for victims. Lighthouse Keepers and their families experienced a unique lifestyle; small communities living a lonely existence usually in a very remote place. Visitors were few and far between.

Although communication with the outside world improved over the years, lighthouses remained isolated. The more recent change to automated lighting systems that no longer need staff to maintain them changed forever the lives of many `lighthouse families`.



Address:King Island, Cape Wickham, 7256
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -39.589831
Long: 143.940588
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.

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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1859
Approx. Event End Date:1941


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
Left Side Inscription

1788 - 1988

Children born at Cape Wickham 1860 - 1885

To William Weight      A Son        18. 8. 1865
      Edward Spong     Daughter   2.  6.  1865
           "           "             Son            10. 7. 1868
      Thomas Roberts     "               15. 7. 1869
           "            "               "               30. 10. 1871
       Henry Weight          "               24.  11. 1876
       Edward Nillson     Daughter  24. 2. 1881
       Robert Garraway  Daughter  6. 5. 1881
       George Johnston Son           21. 4. 1883
             "            "            Daughter  3. 8. 1885
        James Howard          "            8. 8. 1885



Right Side Inscription

1788 - 1988

Plan of Wickham Light Station 1858 - 1941

Erected to acknowledge those who worked here in isolation during that period.

An Australian Bicentennial Project with financial assistance from the Bicentennial Authotity

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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