Southern hemisphere's only inland lighthouse to shine again

By: Andrew Spence

The only inland freshwater lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere, which sits in South Australia, will be lit for the first time in 85 years next month.

Southern hemisphere's only inland lighthouse to shine again
The Point Malcolm Lighthouse.

The Point Malcolm Lighthouse in South Australia guided paddle steamers through the lower lakes of the River Murray from 1878 to 1931 and the light will be lit on October 28 as part of Meningie’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Situated at The Narrows – a channel linking Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert – the lighthouse was particularly important for boats travelling between the townships of Meningie and Milang.

A lighthouse globe is being brought across from Sydney for the historic lighting, which will kick off a weekend of celebrations in Meningie, 2.5 hours south-east of Adelaide.

Meningie Progress Association member Andrew Dawes said the lighthouse was an important piece of history and helped guide the Royal Mail from Milang to Meningie en-route to Melbourne in its day.

The lighthouse sits on top of a steep bank 25 metres above the water level and has a range of 10km. It is under the care of the National Trust and is believed to the only inland lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere.

Meningie’s 150th anniversary celebrations will also include a sailing regatta, concert, fishing competition, vintage car display, kite festival and a mail re-enactment.

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