Cape Willoughby Lightstation Heritage Walk - Stop 6 - SA

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DEG: -35.83947 138.127594
DMS: 35º 50' 22.09" S 138º 07' 39.34" E
UTM: 54 H 6030047mN 240559mE
Altitude: 27m


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6. The headkeeper’s cottage ‘...amidst a profound solitude’
Next to this underground tank are the ruins of the headkeeper’s cottage. Early photos of the cottages give the sense of a relaxed lifestyle. In spring you can see flowers that survived from the gardens, including Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), a yellow-flowering herb that was used for coughs and colds. We get a very different impression from the headkeeper’s son, writing for the Adelaide Observer January 15th 1853 - Journal of a trip to Kangaroo Island.
He describes arriving at the headkeeper’s residence ‘amidst a profound solitude, and about half a mile from the Lighthouse, whose grim aspect added little to the scenery in the way of beauty’. He describes seeing – and variously killing and eating - wildlife such as snakes (one was drinking at the soak), goannas (which ate the keepers’ chickens), Cape Barren Geese (which raided the vegetable garden) and wallabies. Finding time for hunting and fishing was difficult but necessary because provisions were always stretched. At the time of this visit they were using roasted peas for coffee!
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Closest Weather Station

Cape Willoughby at 24/04:30pm CST
Distance from Cape Willoughby Lightstation Heritage Walk - Stop 6 0.58km SE
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Closest Climatic Station

Cape Willoughby
Distance from Cape Willoughby Lightstation Heritage Walk - Stop 6 0.58km SE
Mean Max. °C21.621.820.819.116.914.914.214.515.917.619.120.6
Mean Min. °C15.816.415.614.212.510.89.89.610.311.413.014.4
Mean Rain mm18.318.021.539.561.675.281.573.956.241.928.323.0

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