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    Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses

    This page on sunshinecoastplaces was set up in 2013 as our website was hacked

    We are open every second and fourth Saturday of the month 9:00am till mid afternoon
    To arrange a tour contact Donnalea Mangion donnalea99@hotmail.com 5492 2723 0418 999014 Trevor Hamey 5492 5467 trevorhamey@hotmail.com or Roger Todd 5491 7654  toddarch@powerup.com.au

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    see media coverage, Channel 7 News 2011, The Great South East

      Chronological Images 1990s to now                                               to the 1920s                                     1930s to 1950s                                1960s to 1980s                                1990s to now                                                                           Working on a timeline for the Caloundra Lighthouses.


    On the 4th Oct Trevor & Roger met with Damien & Wayne from Council to discuss the glass in the lantern of the Signal Station.
    Leaks in the glazing are allowing water penetration into the concrete structure.

    This Thursday 19th Sept we had a group of Caloundra State School Grade 2 students at the lighthouses as part of their local history course.

    Saturday 2nd August. The USS George Washington sails past with a tender. Photos by Trevor with his long lens.  The people waiting on the hill got a surprise tour of the Signal Station.  We saw the USS Bonhomme Richard last month.
      So far this year we have numbers 6, 73 & 54.   "Collect them all"
    you can understand the size difference by comparing views of Moreton Island.

    Thanks to all the visitors from the Caloundra State High School's Golden Anniversity. Photo shows the school badge published in Anne Wensleys and John & Janice Grove's book "Caloundra State High School - The Early Years 1963-1970" school badge

    13th July view of the Glass House Mountains from the Signal Station, taken the day the Keep Australia Beautiful awards were held in Caloundra (Caloundra was Australian winner in 2012)  Delegates from around Australia visited the lighthouses.  Talk about "on a clear day"

    June 2013 Jenny dropped in some copies of paintings from 1944 by Harriet Hills McKay. Douglass and Harriet with daughter Mary were Americans who had been allocated refugee housing in Caloundra by the Red Cross after escaping the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.
    Information with the paintings includes their wartime story and a copy of ten year old Mary’s enrollment at Caloundra State School. They had been separated from their son Bob who remained in the Philippines until the end of the war.



    Kings Beach Surf Lifesaving clubhouse 1944

    May 2013 John Bradley dropped in with a book he had written for his grandchildren loosly based on the story of the lighthouses.
    We suggested he apply for a RADF grant to take it to the next stage.  Sample pages attached

    March 2013. The Friends purchased the 250mm 4th Order optic lens in 2001 for $250. It is the type fitted in the old Caloundra light in 1896. In the early 1940s the original fixed lens was replaced by a revolving lens with an electric lamp. Pictured are Barrie & Donnalea working on the lens. Barrie describes it as working on a three dimensional glass jigsaw.

    2012 Golden Beach State School art competition 1st prize by Eva, & Once were Heroes by Robyn Shaw

    The Lighthouses between 1968 & 1970 photo by A Fulton Regional Lighthouse Engineer from Colin Gladstone July 1999

    Objects

    • To act as a consultative body to Sunshine Coast Regional Council in the care of the Caloundra lighthouse precinct
    • To assist in conservation of the place and associated movable heritage based on best practice guidelines.
    • To encourage and facilitate use for educational and cultural tourism purposes.
    • To provide guidance and support for appropriate future development of the precinct.
    • To collect, collate and make available to the public objects and information important for the interpretation of the lighthouses.
    • To promote and support conservation of places of cultural heritage significance within the wider community.
    Current Activity
    • State Government has given Sunshine Coast Council a ten year licence for the site occupied by the 1896 Lighthouse; the 1968 Signal Station & light; and the Auxiliaries Building
    • In August 2012, we signed a three year licence for the buildings, but we need to pay an annual rental, plus all other costs associated including insurance, maintenance, elect, sewerage, water, garbage, fire service levies, tax etc.
    • After prepared the buildings for guided public visitation, gaining a Certificate of Classification, and revising our operational procedures, we are now officially open to the public.
    • The Friends open the buildings on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and for booked tours.
    • We seeking interest through business and community links for sponsorship, and feel that we can offer unique promotional exposure
    • As part of our sixth object, starting with a grant from Council,  wear doing some research and promotion into places associated with the post WW2 boom in Caloundra. see www sunshinecoastplaces.com.au

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