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Thursday 12 February 2009

Lighthouse life in Queensland

It was my pleasure today to talk to members of the Queensland Women’s Historical Association on the subject of lighthouse life in Queensland. The association hosts morning talks each month at Miegunyah, its house museum at Bowen Hills. Before the talk we gathered on the verandah for introductions and chat. There were white table cloths, tea in china cups, and platters of dainty sandwiches. It was a warmish day, and kind ladies handed out fans to the members as they filed into the dining room for the talk.

My audience really enjoyed seeing a series of photographs of the Byrne family, taken at Sandy Cape Lightstation between 1903 and 1913. The photos are now in the John Oxley Library collection, and published on the web. The Byrne family story is also told as one chapter in the library’s virtual exhibition Travelling for love.

Photograph of the students and teacher at Sandy Cape Provisional School, taken around 1910. The students were children of the lightkeepers at Sandy Cape Lightstation on the northern tip of Fraser Island. [State Library of Queensland image number 39552].

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