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In March 2008, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council was formed merging the former shires of Noosa and Maroochy and Caloundra City.  In 2013 Noosa de-amalgamated, but is still part of the Sunshine Coast region.

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Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses

A project by the Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses  (link to their page on this site)
to record our local history and heritage places

see 3 Canberra Tce for the Lighthouses on this site
See our interviews with visitors to the lighthouses talking about the history of Caloundra

2020 Sale of the lighthouses to Sunshine Coast Council

To Buy The Little Lighthouse

Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses 

The first project for sunshinecoastplaces was to investigate post WW2 development,
including a pilot study of Moffat Beach

Financed by a grant from the Sunshine Coast Council
It is hoped the site will continue to record a wide range of significant places on the Coast


use "quotes" to search exact phrases, EG "example"
use +something or -something to add or exclude things

post WW2 +Moffat +"example"
post WW2 +Moffat +"example" -lost

use the search tags to find groupings of places
eg vegetation, architect, maritime etc

or search other descriptions which may be attached to images eg lino, ship, door, address, street name, suburb

Sunshine Coast Council Local Area Maps 25 Mar 2019


Roger Todd on toddarch@powerup.com.au or 5491 7654 if you have any information which could go on the site

currently we are interested in old photos and stories related to the Caloundra area

collaboration encouraged

See Roger's website at www.rogertoddarchitect.com.au

February 2021

You've probably seen them sitting high on the hill above the beach at Caloundra; two very different lighthouses from opposite ends of the era when lighthouses were a vital part of the shipping industry.

ABC Mornings team Sheridan Stewart and Tessa Mapstone spiraled their way up the spiral staircase inside the signal station, to discover the history and the future of these iconic landmarks.Friends of Caloundra Lighthouses' John Bradley and Roger Todd tell the story of the lighthouses.


Our series on the Caloundra lighthouses has touched on the history of the two iconic buildings, the efforts to restore and preserve them and plans for their future.

But the story of Caloundra's original lighthouse has reached far and wide.Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses president

John Bradley wrote a children's book bringing the story to life.

Property is a hot commodity on the Sunshine Coast right now, but how much is a lighthouse worth?

The Caloundra's twin lighthouses are perched on top of the hill overlooking the Pumicestone Passage, the entrance to Moreton Bay.

In the third instalment of our series on the Caloundra lighthouses, with Roger Todd and John Bradley, find out what the future could hold for these iconic buildings.

The historic lighthouses were recently sold for the grand total of one dollar. Roger Todd explains to Sheridan Stewart.

2020 Sale of the lighthouses to Sunshine Coast Council

Edmund St Kings Beach
Oct 2018
Hi Roger,
My husband Jim and I met you this morning at the lighthouse.
This is a photo we have of looking down to Kings Beach.  It’s taken on the top of Edmund Street, where the roundabout is now, adjoining King Street.  The date on the photo is October 1981.
We hope this is a new photo for you to add to the collection.
It was nice meeting you this morning, seeing the lighthouse and walking back down memory lane viewing all the photos.
Kind regards,
Jim & Janine Stanley
July 2018 Thanks Ric for your Digital Eyes 360 degree photo of the lighthouses volunteers

Lighthouses media
April 2018 Congratulations to River for his interview on Totally Wild. Click the image to go to the video

Lighthouses lit for Caloundra Music Festival 2017

The Little Lighthouse
For 70 years the little Caloundra lighthouse acted as a guide to ships passing through the dangerous reefs and sandbanks to the port of Brisbane. After being replaced by a modern light she was moved to Golden Beach. She became a rusty ruin. Early one morning she feared the worst.

Sept 2016 Beach shacks in Coolum are hitting the headlines

March 2016 More of the late Bob Deakin's archives courtesy Margaret Deakin

Donna Grigor to Caloundra Lighthouses.  I'm posting this for Mr Ron Trim of Woodford. It was his families cottage purchased in 1936. They called it Kozy Kot. It was on the corner of Orama Ave and Bombala Terrace. The builders name was Sumpton. On the left hand side of the photo you can just see the light house

65 Bowman

April 2015 Tom Conwell had a photo of the old Cord Surfboards shop at 65 Bowman Rd Caloundra

Signal Station & Auxiliaries Building documentation Auxiliaries Building documentation Auxiliaries Building documentation Auxiliaries Building documentation Auxiliaries Building documentation 

Dec 2014 Bob Deakin drppped in some of the drawings relating to the construction of the Signal Station & Auxiliaries Building,                                                             tracings of the Signal Station and some 1967 letters


SSC Daily 5th Dec 2014 Turkish Delight in art of beach shack living page 34

Omrah Ave

Nov 2014 Interesting series in the Sunshine Coast Daily about the WW1 troop ships converted from liners
including the Omrah and Orvieto, both included in Caloundra's street names

Nov 2014 Interview with Trevor Hamey

Oct 2014 - Loaded some more interviews including with Rod Fuller, Whose Dad was Caloundra Keeper in 1934. As a child, Rod remembers bullock teams in Bulcock St.  Rod joined the Lighthouse Service and worked at the Depot at Newfarm, and remembers driving to Caloundra to servicing the diesel motor.

Thanks also to  Graeme Davis, from Lighhouses of Australia who have been digitally recording sections of AMSA’s records.  Graeme has provided a number of records relating to Caloundra.  I have added a "Research" page for the Lighthouses for them and other items.

News News News

Aug 2014 - As part of Fibro Coast, Roger is doing a walking tour of Moffat Beach

Post WW2 Research Post WW2 Research Post WW2 Research
May 2014 - Memorably Moffat launch publicity, &
Meridith has sent Manly Council's 2009 catalogue for Summer Days - The Holiday House on the Northern Beaches


April 2014 - The Post WW2 Development on the Coast and Moffat Beach Pilot Study wins a Commendation and is the Regional Project of the Year at the Sunshine Coast Australian Institute of Architects awards.  The Project will then go on to the awards at State level. see   News

Jury Citation:  It is hoped this unique study and website will alert council, architects, building designers, town planners and the general public to the long term advantages in better conservation of post-World War 2 heritage. It provides inspiration for new works and adaptive reuse and a platform to continue recording built history and heritage

News News

Feb 2014 - two projects looking at post WW2 development are receiving press coverage.   Fibro Coast is a touring exhibition presenting the artistic, cultural and design story of the humble Fibro beach house, and Memorably Moffat - "The documented heritage study contained in the Sunshine Coast Places website (http://www.sunshinecoastplaces.com.au/ home) establishes the groundwork for this project. The project will further document traditional Caloundra beach houses, the interiors, important features, and associated stories. Each location will be added to a HistoryPin site developed to map the sites and share them more broadly. People associated with Moffat Beach will be interviewed and their stories and memories of these special places will be recorded on film. The film will be launched at an event set in a Moffat Beach backyard. The event will be a 1950s themed celebration and feature a screening of the film, and a story performance"

Happy Valley & Bulcock Beach Happy Valley & Bulcock Beach Happy Valley & Bulcock Beach                                                Happy Valley                                 Bulcock Beach                              Happy Valley with trawler               Golden Beach view of Signal Station

Leeding Tce Kings Beach                                                                                                                                             Leeding Tce                          Kings Beach from the Lighthouse carpark

Feb 2014 Neil Dawes gave us some photos, mainly of Happy Valley and Bulcock Beach taken around 1973, 74 & 75. Interview

10 Mahia 14 Ngungun
10 Mahia                                                                     14 Ngungun architect Gordon Briggs

Jan 2014 Peter Magee gave us information about holidays and growing up in Caloundra, including during world war two.  The family had an association with the Gosling family and  Bribie lighthouse, as well as the Caloundra lighthouse and keeper Shanahan.  They lived at 10 Mahia Tce.  See the interview Peter later built at Dicky Beach

Nov 2013 added some examples from Golden Beach

Nov 2013 added a couple of lost examples from Lower Gay Tce and the Devoncourt Flats see also Caloundra

Transit Centre
Thanks Col Harper for letting me know about these photos of the Cooma Tce Transit Centre under construction in 1991

51 Lower Gay  53 Lower Gay 53 Minchinton "Devoncourt Flats"

51 Lower Gay                                  53 Lower Gay                                53 Minchinton Devoncourt Flats

65 Lower Gay "San Jόse" 67 Lower Gay 69 Lower Gay
 65 Lower Gay San Jose                67 Lower Gay                                69 Lower Gay

       15 Warne Vi-Glo             17 Warne Rangitoto photos              24 Warne Bonnie Brae  lost           27 Warne  lost                                   32-34 Warne Bonnie Doon lost

Oct 2013 Des Stone from 17 Warne Tce provided some history and photos,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 including a photo of Moffat looking north from 15? Russell

                                                                                                                                                              Del Pattemore sent a photo of 27 Verney St in 1962, which also located where Linga Longa and a radar station were in Queen St

                                                                                                       Added some images of Sam Kelly's 1890's house in Yandina, which is likely to be demolished

 Edgewater 1992                                Maloja 1940 or 41                          Cottontree 1940 or 41                       Maloja Ave page                                                                      Margaret Hunter sent me some photos from 1940-41, of houses in Maloja Ave Caloundra and Cottontree,  and I have added some more info on Maloja Ave.

to the 1920s                                     1930s to 1950s                                1960s to 1980s                                1990s to now

Working on a timeline for the Caloundra Lighthouses.

15 Warne
June 2013 1950's photos of Vi-Glo from Tori Sampson 15 Warne Tce Caloundra

Nov 2012 - Article in Sunshine Coast Daily about 73 Memorial Av Cottontree

                     17 Warne                          15 Warne                             6 Bryce                             10 Hume                            58 Albert                            12 Bryce

28 Nothling                        11 Mcilwraith                      10 Wilson                           41 Wilson 

May 2013 Susan Schmidt provided images of a number of places which she has painted. www.susanschmidtart.com

                                                   Warne Tce - Reg Bulcock's house  & "Bonnie Doon"                              the Signal Station                             grounding of the "Anro Asia" on Bribie

Oct 2012 - Tony Dyason provided photos including from his home at 39E Arthur St  He also clarified that the Edlundhs home was 37 Arthur which enabled me to place photos from Doreen Hall, includes photos of the School.  Edlundh was lighthouse keeper from 1897 to 1916, Search "Dyason" - includes views from Warne Tce and of the lighthouses

Places from Moffat Beach

These include lost and modified examples

8 Bennett St                                   23 Bryce St  Kameruka info             8 Bryce + photo in 1989                         36 Bryce

6 Bryce + drawings & photos, lost            10 Bryce                                          26 Bryce Wara Wara                       38 Bryce

12 Bryce                                         Chris Byerlee Park veg+historical       13 Buccleuth altered                          21 Buccleugh inter war moved

25 Buccleugh                                  6 Campbell altered                           8 Campbell 1989 photo built 1961story     12 Campbell Glideaway

13 Edmond 32 Edmund                                                                                                                                                                13 Edmund                                     32 Edmund                                       

2 Gladstone
2 Gladstone

7 Grigor  late 20th century                    11  Grigor                                        31 Grigor                                                                                       
34 Kingsford Smith "Melaleuca" Fig Tree at the eastern end of Kingsford Smith
10 Kingsford Smith                        34 Kingsford Smith altered                Fig at Kingsford Smith

6 Maltman St North "The Lodge" 17 Maltman St North
6 Maltman St North The Lodge      17 Maltman St North

  7 McIlwraith                                     11 McIlwraith

13 McIlwraith lost                             14  McIlwraith lost+photos                 15  McIlwraith Seasongs                  26 McIlwraith                      
32 McIlwraith lost                               28 Nothling                                      17 Nothling                                     26 Nothling                                    
48 Nothling                                     3 Nothling inter war                           45 Nothling  lost                                 47 Nothling

31 Queen
31 Queen
8 Rinaldi  inter war lost+photos                   62 Roderick                                    24 Roderick Kaptains Quarters    19 Roderick 1988 photo
43 Roderick late 80s photo                        36 Roderick "South Pacific" late 80s photo   1 Roderick Urban Retreat          32 Roderick Cquma  inter war house relocated

23 Roderick                                    44 Roderick                                     19 Russell historical info                      13 Russell inter war                          
5 Russell inter war+post WW2 carport       1 Russell inter war                            7 Seaview                                        9 Seaview 

11 Seaview                                     13 Seaview                                     42 Seaview post 1940                        46 Seaview 1951 photo

 Hardie Buzacott                               Queen of the Colonies     34 Russell
Wildflower Reserve                          Monument

  Moffat Beach (the beach) Moffat surf break
122 Roderick                                   78 Nothling modified by architect          The Beach                                      The Break

Tooway Creek  Moffat Headland
Tooway Creek               Moffat Headland

Places from Kings Beach

  12 Burgess Burgess St                                                           21 Arthur St                                   23 Arthur Arkaba                12 Burgess architect Vit Gzell               19&21 Burgess inter war                    
  41 Canberra former School of Arts
3 Canberra Tce the Lighthouses     41 Canberra School of Arts lost
50 Edmund "Kio" 52 Edmund
50 Edmund Kio                               52 Edmund lost photos      
10 Mahia
10 Mahia built 1939 lost
21 Maltman St Sth Kythera

8 Moreton Pde 16 Moreton "Elanora" 17 Moreton 19 Moreton                                                8 Moreton                                       16 Moreton Elanora                       17 Moreton lost                                 19 Moreton

20 Moreton
20 Moreton                                     28 Moreton
31 Moreton Pde Pacific Court         35 Moreton Pde                             37 Moreton Pde Sea Gate          39 Moreton Pde         

  22 Orvieto "Midyim" Kathleen McArthur's House
 20 Orvieto Idyl Wood  story              22 Orvieto Midyim lost       11 Saltair lost                    33 Saltair Bali-Hi
                                                        Kathleen McArthur's house

5 Sykes Sykes Ave                                                                                                                                                                5 Sykes Ave lost                              Sykes Ave, prototype beach house

Upper Gay Tce                                                    

11 Upper Gay 13 Upper Gay "Bellissima" 16 Upper Gay "Pharos" 17 Upper Gay
11 Upper Gay                                 13 Upper Gay Bellissima               16 Upper Gay Pharos                     17 Upper Gay   
                                                                         association with Sir Francis Nicklin                   Lighthouse keeper's cottage  1896                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Premier of Queensland 1957-68                                             

18 Upper Gay 19 Upper Gay 20 Upper Gay21 Upper Gay
18  Upper Gay                               19  Upper Gay                                20 Upper Gay modified                      21  Upper Gay
22 Upper Gay  23 Upper Gay 24 Upper Gay 34 Upper Gay
22 Upper Gay                                  23  Upper Gay                                24  Upper Gay                               34  Upper Gay                  

36 Upper Gay "Fairview"
36 Upper Gay Fairview
11 Verney 27 Verney "Wahroonga" 33 Verney 40 Verney "Westaway Towers"
11 Verney                                       27 Verney Wahroonga inter war        33 Verney                                       40 Verney Westaway Towers
                                                                         association with Pattemore family                                                                                              Caloundra's first high rise

Places from Caloundra

39E Arthur                                                                                                                                                              Emoh Ruo 37 Arthur St lost, photos       photos of school & lighthouses from 39E Arthur                                                                                                                                 Edlundh the first keepers retirement home

37 Bombala                                                                     11 Bombala lost                                           16 Bombala                                     21  Bombala                 37 Bombala lost

5 Borland
5 Borland lost

4 Bulcock "Besties Snack Bar" 6 Bulcock                                                                                                                                                                  4 Bulcock                                          6 Bulcock

77 Bulcock old Council Chambers                                                                                                            Cominos Drapery 26 Bulcock St photos      77 Bulcock                              124 Bulcock Britannia Garage

1 Bowman 61 Bowman 63 Bowman 65 Bowman                                               1 Bowman                                        61 Bowman                                     63 Bowman                                      65 Bowman

10 Burwah                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10 Burwah

54 Canberra                                                                                                                                                           approx 54 Canberra lost                    Cord Surfboards this page (scroll down)

Transit Centre
Cooma Tce Transit Centre under construction in 1991

4 Edith 7 Edith 9 Edith                                                                                                            4 Edith                                           7 Edith                                            9 Edith

10 Esplanade 16 Esplanade 33 Esplanade Bulcock Beach, was "Harmony Lodge"
10 Esplanade                                 16 Esplanade                                  33 Esplanade Harmony Lodge Flats home of Ma & Pa Bendall photos & story

15 George St South George St Depot                                                                                                                                                                15 George St South                       old George St Depot photos
Cnr Kalinga & Ormuz, Presbyterian Church & Hall 20 Kalinga
1 Kalinga Presbyterian Church & Hall        20 Kalinga fencepost

21 Leeding 23 Leeding 25 Leeding
21 Leeding                                     23 Leeding                                     25 Leeding

27 Leeding 30 Leeding
27 Leeding                                     30 Leeding

50 Lower Gay 51 Lower Gay 53 Lower Gay                                                                                                        50 Lower Gay                                 51 Lower Gay  lost                           53 Lower Gay lost

 Maloja Ave
Maloja Ave history

? Maloja 36? Maloja "Watermark" was "Edgewater" 32? Maloja                                                                                                                            ? Maloja lost                   Maloja Edgewater 1992 lost              Maloja in 1940 or 41 lost

1 Mary                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1 Mary

17 Minchinton 53 Minchinton "Devoncourt Flats"
17 Minchinton                                 53 Minchinton Devoncourt Flats

5 Nicholls 8 Nicholls                                                                                                                                                                    5 Nicholls                                        8 Nicholls

3 Ormuz
3 Ormuz

Oronsay Av  9 Oronsay Ave "Texas" 11? Oronsay
Oronsay Ave                                     9 Oronsay Texas                       11? 

48 Queen 50 Queen 52 Queen "Hi-Vues"
48 Queen                                       50 Queen                                        52 Queen Hi-Vues

27 Orsova
27 Orsova

11 Osterley
11 Osterley

28 Suller 16 Third
 28 Suller                                         16 Third Ave

22 Warne Tce "Panorama"
15 Warne Vi-Glo story       17 Warne Rangitoto photos               22 Warne Panorama  lost                 24 Warne Bonnie Brae  lost                                               

32 Warne                                                                                                   27 Warne  lost                                32 Warne                                      34? Warne Bonnie Doon lost

Places from Golden Beach

sunshine coast places 
2 Cook St
10 Esplanade Golden Beach 27 Esplanade Lighthouse 32 Esplanade Golden Beach 33 Esplanade Golden Beach  
10 Esplanade                                 27 Esplanade                                  Lighthouse                        32 Esplanade Boondi  lost               33 Esplanade Chinthe

 34 Esplanade 36 Esplanade 37 Esplanade 42 Esplanade  
34 Esplanade                                  36 Esplanade Bendemeer              37 Esplanade                                42 Esplanade      

45 Esplanade Golden Beach 50 Esplanade 54 Esplanade   
45 Esplanade                                 50 Esplanade                                 54 Esplanade

126 Esplanade "The Silver Bream" 129 Esplanade Military Jetty shelter shed
126 Esp The Silver Bream  lost      129? Esplanade                             Military Jetty shelter shed 

6 Kennedy
 6 Kennedy 
74 Landsborough 80 Landsborough "Wyaloo" 96 Landsborough
74 Landsborough                           80 Landsborough  Wyaloo             96 Landsborough   
83 Nelson 15 Oxley "Lazy Days"  
83 Nelson Bell-Rose                       15 Oxley Lazy Days                             
70 Palmer 85 Palmer Chronological Images 1960s to 1980s Chronological Images 1990s to now
70 Palmer                                      85 Palmer interior photos                     1896 Caloundra Lighthouse at Golden Beach from 1970 to 1999

8 Wills
Bakelite door furniture

Places from Shelly Beach

23 Windsor post WW2                           20 Alfred post WW2                           22 Alfred 19th century house relocated      67 Edmund post WW2 lost

6 Edridge post WW2
1960s road map of the Coast from Allan Onyett - promotional material from the Tooway Creek Caravan Park