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The plaque commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the commissioning of the Cape Otway Lighthouse.

Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving and most important lighthouse in mainland Australia. Built in 1848, the lighthouse perches on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide. Hundreds of lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway – a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation on the coast at the foot of the impenetrable forests of the Otways.

For many thousands of 19th century migrants, who spent months travelling to Australia by ship, Cape Otway was their first sight of land after leaving Europe.


Address:Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway, 3233
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.855575
Long: 143.512549
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1848
Approx. Event End Date:1998


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th August, 1998
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This plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the commissioning of the Cape Otway Lighthouse and is dedicated by the Hon. Marie Tehan M. P. Minister for Conservation and Land Management

29th August, 1998

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