Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Happy birthday to the Bean Rock Lighthouse

Bean Rock Lighthouse, one of Auckland's distinctive icons celebrates its birthday today.

The lighthouse is located on Bean Rocks in the Auckland Harbour. Construction started in 1870 and it was completed in 1871. It was first lit at 6.00 pm on Monday 24th July 1871. Restoration was carried out in 1985.

Ref: 1-W35, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Lighthouses have traditionally been seen as romantic structures, hundreds of stories have been written about them, in them and they have actually been accused by some Ships' Masters of being in the road of their ships.  

View the online exhibition by Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum and find out more about the Bean Rock Lighthouse.

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