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RAAF airlifts lighthouse

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TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 6, 1977. NO. 200/77


A RAAF Chinook helicopter will airlift a

lighthouse tomorrow.

The clockwork, kerosene-burning lighthouse

first shone out from South Solitary Island off the NSW

coast in March 1880. Its clockwork mechanism had to be

wound every half hour. It was tended by three lightkeepers

and their families until 1975 when it was replaced by a

modern aluminium and fibreglass model.

The working parts of the old lighthouse were

removed, but its pedestal - a three piece cast iron

structure weighing 10,000 lbs - was left behind.

Tomorrow the Chinook from No. 12 Squadron at

RAAF Base Amberley, Qld, will transfer the remains of the

historic lighthouse to a park in Coffs Harbour.

The old lighthouse is to be restored to working

condition so that it can be switched on to mark special

occasions in the town.


Further Enquiries; Mr Barry Custance 65 2999 (office hours) 81 0424 (after hours)