ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1902
The new £2252 lighthouse at a Point Lonsdale, mouth of Port Philip Bay, Victoria was lit for the first time on the evening of the 20th March 1902. The 24 metre high lighthouse had been under construction by builder George Coate for about 14 months. When the foundations was being dug by a workman, he rammed his crowbar into the excavation and it disappeared into the ground. On investigation the crow bar was found inside Buckley’s Cave. Because of this the lighthouse foundations needed to be shifted nearly seven metres eastward. Almost 180 tons of concrete was used to build the lighthouse. (Buckley’s Cave is rumoured to be where escaped convicted William Buckley lived before white settlers arrived in the colony).