Story: Lighthouses

Pencarrow cottage

Pencarrow cottage

On 1 January 1859 New Zealand’s first lighthouse was opened at Pencarrow Head. For the previous decade the entrance to Wellington Harbour had been marked by a light in the bay window of the cottage in this sketch.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-032-012
Pencil sketch by H. Wilson

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How to cite this page:

Helen Beaglehole, 'Lighthouses - Beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Helen Beaglehole, published 12 Jun 2006