Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve included on National Heritage Priority Assessment List
Sarah Henderson, Federal Member for Corangamite, on behalf of the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, recently announced the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and environs is now on the 2017-18 Priority Assessment List for National Heritage listing.
“I visited the site with the then Environment Minister Greg Hunt in May 2016 and was proud to throw my support behind the push for National Heritage listing,” said Ms Henderson. “The request for heritage listing relates to the Lighthouse Reserve’s association with maritime and defence history of Victoria, architectural significance of the lighthouse and ancillary structures and fitting as an example of early 20th century design, its potential to reveal significant artefactual remains pertaining to the use of the place as a light station and signal stations. The site was first used in the mid-nineteenth century for the construction of navigational structures to guide vessels through the Port Phillip Heads.
The Australian Heritage Council will conduct the assessment of the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and environs. As part of its assessment, the Council will seek feedback from the public, stakeholders and all affected people with rights or interests, including owners, occupiers and indigenous people.
Consultation, including in relation to the geographical boundary of any National Heritage listed site, is integral. This means that the community will be offered the opportunity to submit that historical parts of Queenscliff should also be considered. “The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve is of enormous historical value. I want to congratulate the Friends of Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve for nominating this place,” said Ms Henderson. “History doesn’t stop here,” she said. “I encourage you to protect the historic environs of this precious area.”
The Point Lonsdale lighthouse was constructed in 1901-02. Other historic structures include the fog horn shed (1884), the rocket shed which contains two rare vertical boilers (1891), the jetty (1890), the signal shed (1941) and signal mast (1951) and the remains of the lighthouse keeper’s quarters (1860).
While Point Lonsdale has always been of strategic defence interest, it was the outbreak of the First World War which prompted the construction of defence structures in the vicinity of the lighthouse. Two search light emplacements, an electric light directing station and engine house were constructed in 1914. Further defence structures were constructed in the Second World War.