Point King Lighthouse

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Point King Lighthouse

The Point King Lighthouse was built in 1858 in the hope of bring­ing more passenger steamers and mail ships to the Port of Albany.

King George Sound is an ex­cell­ent all weather harbour but the out­ly­ing islands and narrow ent­r­ance to Princess Royal Harbour sometimes made navig­ation difficult.

Follow­ing the Crimean War, the British Gov­ern­ment offered to built two lighthouses, one at Point King and the other on Breaksea Island.

The lights were pre­fabrica­ted and arrived in June 1857, with build­ing start­ing soon after. The Point King lighthouse became operational on 1st Janu­ary, 1858, mak­ing it only the second lighthouse built on the WA coast.

From 1858 un­til 1911 the re­sid­ent light house keepers and their families tended the light each even­ing. Samuel Mitchell was the longest serv­ing, from 1867 un­til 1903.

In 1913, the lighthouse was auto­ma­ted, and with keepers no longer re­quired, the site was left vac­ant. Per­haps due to its ex­posed posi­tion and lack of dai­ly care, the lighthouse rapid­ly de­graded, fail­ing sometime around 1915.

In 1893, as part of the Princess Royal Fortress coastal de­f­ence, a 6-inch gun em­place­ment and un­de­rground maga­zine were con­struc­ted nearby. The con­crete mount and bunkers are still vis­ible today.

­In 1913 the lighthouse was auto­ma­ted, and with keepers no longer re­quired, the site was left vacant.

Today, the Point King Lighthouse is a ruin, loca­ted at the tip of Point King. The roofless 4-room stone and re­ndered build­ing features a central hall­way and brickwork de­tails around the doors. Em­pty windows stare into the dist­­ant past.

The ruins pre­s­ent an ideal photo­graphic opportun­ity to capt­ure the rugged coastl­ine of King George Sound and the rich maritime history of West­ern Australia's first settle­ment.

Point King can be re­ached from the Ellen Cove Boardwalk and is near the Attaturk Mem­orial. Please take care as the coast can be un­pre­dict­able.

Article updated 26/10/2015.