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Lighthouses and lightships
Lighthouses and lightships are a popular subject for researchers and family historians. Below are some sources available in the museum library and elsewhere.
General and British
The story of lighthouses and lightships
Olwen Reed. Loughborough, Eng.Wills & Hepworth, 1968.
The story of our lighthouses and lightships: Descriptive and historical
W.H. Davenport Adams. London. Thomas Nelson, 1891.
Lighthouses: their architecture, history and archaeology
Douglas B. Hague et al. Llandysul. Gomer Press, 1975.
Lightships and lighthouses
Frederick A. Talbot. London. Heinemann, 1913.
From dusk till dawn: A history of Australian lighthouses
Gordon Reid. Melbourne. Macmillan; in association with Department of Transport and Communications, 1988.
John Noble. Lane Cove, N.S.W. Nelson Doubleday, 1967.
Romance of Australian lighthouses
Valmai Phillips. Adelaide. Rigby, 1977.
Guiding lights: Tasmania's lighthouses and lighthousemen
Kathleen M. Stanley. Hobart. St David's Park Publishing, 1991.
Other items of interest in the library's collection can be found by searching the subject index of the catalogue under the term 'Lighthouses'.
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Guides to collections of material held in Australia
The Australian lighthouse: An introductory guide to resources
Canberra: Department of Transport. Marine Operations Division, 1984.
Lighthouses in Australia: A guide to records held by the Australian Archives
Canberra: Australian Archives, 1991.
Provides plans, information on personnel records, lightship and lighthouse tenders and more. Fact sheets giving a guide to the holdings relating to lighthouses in Brisbane and Hobart can be found in the transport section of the National Archives Fact Sheets.
Note: Official records relating to lighthouses and lightships are split between State Archives and the Australian Archives as responsibility for lighthouses rested with the states until 1915 then became a Commonwealth responsibility. The states retained responsibility for harbour and river lights.
Admiralty list of lights and fog signals.
Taunton, Somerset: Hydrographer of the Navy.
Library holds current issue only.
REF 623.8942 ADM
This annual, multi-volume publication is the standard reference on the lighthouses of the world. It gives location and technical data on each and is divided geographically.
Plans and drawings
"Designing lights: drawings for colonial lighthouses lX17-lX99 from the heritage collections of the Department of Transport"
Ingrid Anderson et al. Sydney. Royal Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter), 1986.
Catalogue of technical drawings from the Department of Transport in Canberra. The collection is now available at the National Archives.
- The Lighthouses of Australia website is a useful portal that will direct you to more online information.
- The National Archives Beacons by the Sea site accompanies a touring exhibition and includes drawings of lighthouses in its collection. Also links to stories about Australian lighthouses.
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State Records of New South Wales
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SYDNEY NSW 2000
Queensland State Archives
PO Box 1397
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Public Record Office of South Australia
PO Box 1056
BLAIR ATHOL WEST SA 5084
Archives Office of Tasmania
77 Murray Street
HOBART TAS 7000
Public Record Office of Victoria
PO Box 1156
SOUTH MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Public Records of Western Australia
Alexander Library Building
PERTH WA 6000
Northern Territory Archives Service
PO Box 874
DARWIN NT 0801