Story: Lighthouses

Cleaning the light

Cleaning the light

Cleaning the lenses used to be a daily task, since the lamps burning oil, and later kerosene, left smoky residues. It was a three-hour job carried out in the precise way that Balfour had stipulated in 1867. With the advent of electricity, such frequent cleaning was no longer necessary. Here, Steve O’Neill does the weekly clean at Baring Head in 1988.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1988/2211/15A
Photograph by Martin Hunter

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Helen Beaglehole, 'Lighthouses - Lighthouse keepers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Helen Beaglehole, published 12 Jun 2006