Point King Lighthouse, Albany

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Point King Lighthouse was a lighthouse located on the northern entrance to Princess Royal Harbour in Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.
The lighthouse was the first navigational light for the Port of Albany and the second lighthouse to be built on the West Australian coastline.
Following the end of the Crimean War in 1856, a return of the profitable mail boat service from England, via Albany, to the eastern states was anticipated and the need for a lighthouse into the harbour was foreseen.
The British Government proposed to construct two lighthouses in the area in 1857, one on Breaksea Island and the other at Point King, on the understanding that the local government met the running costs. Construction commenced shortly afterward and the prefabricated lights arrived in June; the project was completed later in the year and the lighthouse commenced operating on New Years Day in 1858 with William Hill employed as the light keeper.
The original lighthouse consisted of the keeper's house situated 47ft above the high water mark on the granite point. The building had a 17ft high square wooden tower equipped with an oil-fired light visible from 12mi away. The light was operated manually and the keeper lived in the dwelling where the tower was housed.
The lighthouse was made redundant in June 1911. The building remained unused for many years with the roof and tower lost many years ago. In 1995 a conservation plan was prepared but by 1999 no work had been carried out.
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  • As a former resident of Albany, I have visited this spot a number of times. This is a nice little historic spot to visit when you take the board-walk from Albany's Port, through to Middleton Beach. Th...  more »
  • Erected to improve navigation into Princess Royal Harbour, this lighthouse fits well with many monuments and sights along a reasonable walking trail, part of which is jointly share with bicycles. Keep...  more »
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  • Amazing place. Couldn't imagine living as they did in such cramped quarters.
  • Wonderful historic house built on the rocks at the edge of King George Sound. Well worth a visit!

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