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Iconic sentries light the way safely along Australia’s coast

July 9, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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On 1 July 1915, the Commonwealth of Australia officially accepted responsibility from the State Governments for all landfall and coastal lights around Australia.

Lighthouses have played a vital role in coastal navigation and safety since the earliest years of settlement. Within just a few years of the colony’s founding in 1788, convicts built Australia’s first marine light on South Head at the entrance to Sydney Harbour – a simple iron brazier suspended from a tripod.

A few years later, convict architect Francis Greenway designed Australia’s first proper lighthouse for the site. Named after the influential fifth Governor of New South Wales, it… Full article at the source>

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