Lighthouse drawings

Montague Island lighthouse and keeper's quarters, 1878. Collection: National Archives of Australia
Montague Island lighthouse and keeper’s quarters, 1878 (NAA: A9568, 1/11/1)

The National Archives holds many drawings and plans of lighthouses from across Australia. Although most of these records were created during the colonial period up to 1901, some are as recent as 1968.

The records were transferred to the Commonwealth when it took control of coastal lighthouses from state and territory governments on 1 July 1915.

In 2002 the Archives launched its touring exhibition Beacons by the Sea, which explored the role of lighthouses, from guiding ships to their part in the unification of Australia under Federation.

Among the exhibits were records from series A9568, including plans of the lights, store rooms, watch houses and light keepers' residences. 

Our online shop has two posters of lighthouse drawings for sale – Green Cape lighthouse and Montague Island lighthouse and keeper's quarters.

New South Wales

Lighthouse plans and drawings

Northern Territory

Lighthouse plans and drawings

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
emerycharlesProposed sites for lighthouses at Point Emery and Point Charles1889A9568, 2/1/1
pointcharlesAngles covered by light from Point Charles lighthouse1895A9568, 2/1/2
lighthousestoreLighthouse store in Darwin1915A9568, 2/1/4

Queensland

Lighthouse plans and drawings

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
capebowlingCape Bowling Green lighthouse1919A9568, 3/1/1
capebowling-automatedCape Bowling Green lighthouse – preliminary sketch for conversion to automated1918A9568, 3/1/2
capemoretonCape Moreton lighthouse1854A9568, 3/6/1
northreefNorth Reef lighthouse1876A9568, 3/7/1
rockyisletRocky Islet lighthouse – conversion to automated1920A9568, 3/9/1
sandycapeSandy Cape lighthouse1865A9568, 3/10/2

South Australia

Lighthouse plans and drawings

Tasmania

Lighthouse plans and drawings

Victoria

Lighthouse plans and drawings

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
cliffyCliffy Island lighthouse1884A9568, 6/1/1
everardCape Everard lighthouse tower1888A9568, 6/2/1
gaboGabo Island lighthouse1853A9568, 6/4/6
gabo2Gabo Island lighthouse1854A9568, 6/4/10
gabo3New Gabo Island lighthouse1860A9568, 6/4/12
otwayCape Otway lighthouse1846A9568, 6/6/1
otway2Cape Otway lighthouse1846A9568, 6/6/2
wilsonWilson's Promontory lighthouse1857A9568, 6/9/1
wilson2New quarters for the assistant keeper of Wilson's Promontory lighthouse1923A9568, 6/9/3

Western Australia

Lighthouse plans and drawings

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