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Nugget Point (1870)

 

Photograph of the signal mast and the storage shed, Nugget Point, South Otago.

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mätauraga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

 

Photograph of supplies being landed at Nugget Point, South Otago.

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mätauraga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

 

 

Nugget Point, with path leading up to lighthouse.

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mätauraga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

 

Port Molyneux situated at the mouth of the Clutha river was a bustling port between the 1860s and 1870s making Nugget Point with its reefs and rocks a necessary place for a lighthouse. Originally a 3 keeper light it was automated in 1982.

With the formation of the Marine Board of New Zealand in 1865 (renamed The Marine Department in 1866) who took of operations of all lighthouses, James Balfour was appointed the Marine Engineer and Inspector of Steamers on October 11, 1866. 10

Balfour designed the lighthouse but before the lighthouse could be lit, Balfour was drowned in a boating accident in Timaru Harbour in December, 1869. c  

This light was lit on July 4, 1870.  It is of the first order dioptric, and is a fixed light.  91

Before it was lit several steamers were wrecked just under it, the s.s. South Australian, a few miles to the northward, on the Wangaloa Beach.  91

In 1901 the light station was established as a Post Office, the 3rd of about 15 light stations around the country.  4

During 1909, the Marine Department who had earlier experimented with incandescent burner systems (Chance Patent) at Pencarrow, Stephens Island and Jack's Point (Timaru) made a decision to install them in other lighthouses. Lighthouse expert, Mr. Scott installed the new burner on the light.  h

 

DIRECTIONS:

A good way to see both Nugget Point and Waipapa Point lighthouses is to follow the "Southern Scenic Route" and "Heritage Trails" from Balclutha to Invercargill through the Catlins area.

From Balclutha, drive to Kaka Point. From there a gravel road leads to Nugget Point. A 15 minute walk takes you out along a spectacular track to the lighthouse.

Sea animals to look out for are a Fur Seal colony and the rare Yellow-eyed Penquins.

 

 

Island South
Province Otago
Location Catlins
Number K4380
Date Commissioned July 4,1870
Date Decommissioned
Automated 1989
Latitude 46° 27' South
Longitude 169° 49' East
Elevation Above Sea Level 76m
Height 9.4m
Character Flashes twice every 12 seconds
Range 19 N. miles (35 km)
Made
Construction Stone, quarried on site
Converted Kerosene To Diesel 1949
Converted Diesel To Mains Electricity
Wattage
Present Tower Original
Authority
Date Visited 4 January, 2000
 

 

Principal Keeper From To

 

  1st lit, July 4, 1870  
     
Robert J Campbell  22 March 8, 1871  22 December, 1877  22
     
William Cunningham  2 c 1881  2  
Fitzroy Montague Smith  22 June, 1882  22  November 7, 1885  22 
Alexander McKinlay  80 October, 1885  80 July, 1890  80
     
     
Alexander Parks  22  91 July, 1890  22            October 5, 1894  22
     
Mr. Voyle   July, 1897 
John Frederick Rayner  80  81 July 1, 1897  80  81 June, 1902  80  81
     
     
Patrick Henaghan  22    
     
     
Mr. Bowden 1910's  
 
David Partington  22 1909  22  January 17, 1912  22 
 
 
 
Edward B. Norris   290  c  June, 1968  290  May 16, 1980  290 

 

Assistant Keeper (1st) From To

 

1st lit, July 4, 1870
Richard Tregurtha  190  2 c 1881  2 c 1881  2
Alan Henry  22      (Probationary)  22   September 30, 1885  22  
George H. Allan  22   October 1, 1885  22   January 12, 1897  22  
James Septemus Harwood   22  1894  22  June 2, 1894  22    (Resigned)  22
George Gwynne  2      Relief Keeper  2 c 1895/6  2
George Charles McCartney  22 November, 1895  22 March, 1899  22
Walter Canton  22  c March/April, 1899  22
Thomas Bankes Smith  22  October, 1907  22
George Odey  22    June 17, 1908  22  December 3, 1910  22 
T (Tom) B Smith During 1909
John Charles Johnston  284 c  1916  284
Peter Taylor

 

Sources

Additional Sources:

22. Akaroa Museum

 

hOtago Witness, February 17th, 1909. 

 

91Star , Issue 4872, 10 February 1894, Page 6. South Island Lighthouses

80http://www.angelfire.com/ga3/gretasplace/Resources/Lighthouse/Stopforth.html

81http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nzbound/rayner.htm

190.  Richard Tregurtha ( Annette MacDonald, April 9, 2009)

284. Dominion, Volume 10, Issue 3093, 25 May 1917, Page 4

290. Edward B Norris (Simon Norris, Aug 8, 2014)

 

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