Story: Lighthouses

Puysegur Point lighthouse

The work of a lighthouse keeper was taxing and monotonous. Before the lights were electrified, the regular routine involved watching the light, pumping fuel, and winding up the weights that powered the lenses. But at some lighthouses the physical conditions were unusually demanding. At Puysegur Point in south Fiordland, for example, sandflies and gale-force winds had to be endured. In this sound clip Kevin Pennel recalls the atrocious weather during the very last days of the lighthouse.

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Helen Beaglehole, 'Lighthouses - Lighthouse keepers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Helen Beaglehole, published 12 Jun 2006