On this day …… 29th January 1932

The Lady Loch has set of on her quarterly round of the Victorian and Tasmanian lighthouses. To tho children living in these Isolated areas she is known as the Santa Claus ship. At this time of the year there is something more than household stores on hoard. Books, dolls, beads, almonds and raisins, and a variety of toys form part of the cargo. More than 80 children will participate in the pleasure of receiving these gifts, which have been Bent from Victoria, so that, in their Isolation, they will not be cheated of the pleasure of receiving some thing from Santa Claus. Through the enthusiasm of Miss Alice, Orrong Road, Elsternwick, a consignment of good has been forwarded as Christmas gifts to the lighthouse children for the last eight years. This time parcels of fancy work have been included,’ so that the mothers will not feel neglected. Eager eyes will scan tho horizon for a first glimpse of the Santa Claus ship long before the Lady Loch ls due. It will not be long before the children at Cape Otway and Gabo Island will be opening their, parcels, but the bairns in the lonely spots along the Tasmanian coast will still have to bide a week.

On this day …… 6th January 1930

As soon as the lighthouse steamer Lady Loch comes out of dock, about the Middle of this month, she will set off on her quarterly round of Victorian and Tasmanian lighthouses. ‘All smart and brightly, painted, the little steamer is to play the part of Santa Claus to the lighthouse-keepers’ children. Through the enthusiasm of Miss Alice, of Orrong road, Elsteirnwick, eight cases of books and toys are now waiting at the lighthouse keepers’ office in Willis street to be packed in the Lady Loch’s hold. More than 80 children will participate in the pleasiure of receiving these gifts, many of which have been sent by, Victorian kiddies. Some of the toys will go to Cape Evertard (Vic.), doing the last part of the journey it a horse sledge along the 90-mile beach. Others will be set down at such lonely light houses as Gabo and Cliffy Islands (Vic.). The children of Deal Island, Goose Island, Swan Island, Currie Harbour, and such stations off the Tasmanian coast, will be eagerly watching for the parcels of books and toys that have been sent for several years by the Victorian public. At Cape Otway alone four lighthouse families account for 15 children.