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.