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Sydney Harbour Entrance, Macquarie Lighthouse
Admiralty number K2632 ... NGAnumber 111-6316 ... ARLHS number AUS-218

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The Macquarie Lighthouse, also known as South Head Upper Light, was the first, and is the longest serving, lighthouse site in Australia. It is located on Dunbar Head, Vaucluse (approximately 2 km south of South Head) near the entrance to Sydney Harbour.

There has been a navigational aid in this vicinity since 1791 and a lighthouse near the present site since 1818.

The current lighthouse was completed in 1883.

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Album name:Clydee / AU - New South Wales
Rating (1 votes):55555(Show details)
Current status (active, not active, museum etc):Active
Construction details (year of built, shape etc):Year first constructed 1818 ... Year first lit 1883 ... Automated 1976
Height of the tower, m:Height 26 metres (85 ft) ... Focal height 105 metres (344 ft)
Light Description (light sectors, colour of the light, number of flashes etc):Original lens 1st order sixteen sided Fresnel lens (1883) ... Current lens 1st order bivalve Fresnel lens (1933) Intensity 800,000 cd Characteristic Fl.(2) W. 10s
Range, nm:Intensity 800,000 cd ... Range 25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi) ... Characteristic Fl.(2) W. 10s
Any other comments:On July 11, 1816, the foundation for the first lighthouse was laid by Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales, who called it Macquarie Tower. It was designed by Francis Greenway, a famous convict architect, under the instructions of Macquarie, and
Coordinates (in any format):33°51′S 151°17′E
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Date added:May 31, 2012
DateTime Original:2012:05:31 13:05:30
Keywords:Macquarie ; New South Wales ; Sydney ; Australia
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