Richmond River Lighthouse, Ballina

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Richmond River Light, also known as Ballina Head Light and Ballina Light, is an active lighthouse located at Ballina Head, a headland in Ballina, New South Wales, Australia. The headland is at the northern side of the entrance to the Richmond River. It used to serve to guide ships into the river port and is used also serves as a leading light into the river, together with a steamer's masthead lantern with a 200 mm lens which is raised on a wooden structure from it.
The station was established with a temporary light that was installed in 1866 from plans by James Barnet, at the same time of the installation of the Clarence River Light.
The current lighthouse is one of five lighthouses of similar design designed and built by James Barnet in 1878-80, the other four being Fingal Head Light, Clarence River Light (now demolished), Tacking Point Lighthouse and Crowdy Head Light. A tender was called in 1878, it was built in 1879 and lit in 1880.
The apparatus was a fixed light 4th order catadioptric apparatus of less than 1000 cd and was visible for. It was powered by colza oil. As the light was operated in conjunction with a nearby pilot station, only one light keeper was required.
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  • This is a sweet little light house built on a designed used up and down the coast. Below is a lookout with a short walking trail.  more »
  • Quaint 1866 lighthouse easily accessible short walk from car park. Close to Shelly Beach and Lighthouse Beach.  more »

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