Coffs lighthouse has stories to tell

LIGHTHOUSES are the most romantic of buildings, with their lofty architecture, remote locations and inspiring function.

True to expectations, the Coffs Coast's South Solitary Island lighthouse, one of the most remote in the world, is the setting for dozens of stories.

But not all of them are romantic.

There is the story of the young girl who died of typhoid before medical help could save her.

Her corpse was welded into a coffin made from a bathtub so it could be taken off the island, where the soil was far too shallow to allow burial.

Lighthouse keepers and their families recall storms so fierce that the waves beat against the windows of their cottages.

But there are also recollections of a simple lifestyle centred around fishing, family life and the routine tasks of cleaning and maintaining the light.

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum's new exhibition, To the Lighthouse, looks at some of those stories and the people who lived and worked on the rugged, wave-lashed island.



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