Point Malcolm Lighthouse - SA



DEG: -35.508949 139.190994
DMS: 35º 30' 32.22" S 139º 11' 27.58" E
UTM: 54 H 6069009mN 335945mE
Altitude: 4.8m


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1740 Poltalloch Rd
Poltalloch SA 5259
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The Point Malcolm Lighthouse is Australia's only inland lighthouse, and may be the only inland lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Point Malcolm Lighthouse was built in 1878 on the eastern side of the narrows between Lake Alexandria and Lake Albert, opposite Narrung, a small Aboriginal community.

The importance of the Murray River trade and the expected increase in the exporting of riverine-delivered produce via Port Victor (now Victor Harbour) led to the decision to build the lighthouse at Point Malcolm. The lighthouse was built to assist ships that were passing through Lake Alexandria on their way to Lake Albert or the ports on the Murray River.

The lighthouse was built by Richard Trenouth, a well-known builder from Strathalbyn, at a cost of £1,043 for both the tower and keeper's cottage. The light was first exhibited on 1 February 1878.

The lighthouse was turned off in September 1931, due a decline in river traffic. The switching off was stated in Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 1931, issued by the South Australian Harbours Board.

The keepers' cottage and adjacent buildings are boarded up and derelict, but basically intact. The keepers were self-sufficient and sold extra produce to locals. They stored it in a small cave near the riverbank, which was cool and damp, while they waited for a boat to transport it to town for sale. A hole in the ground near the lighthouse dropped immediately to the cave below.

An automatic "light on a pole" has been installed next to the old tower, to guide recreational and commercial traffic using the river and lake system.
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Closest Weather Station

Hindmarsh Island at 19/12:30pm CST
Distance from Point Malcolm Lighthouse 33.78km W
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Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Point Malcolm Lighthouse 24.1km SE
Mean Max. °C26.026.424.221.718.215.615.
Mean Min. °C14.013.912.510.
Mean Rain mm18.317.022.237.654.762.261.356.948.139.127.523.7

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