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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Godley Head Lighthouse

page 71

Godley Head Lighthouse.

This Lighthouse is erected at Godley or Cachelot Head at the northern side of the entrance to Port Lyttelton, at an elevation of about 450 feet above the sea. It shows a fixed light to seawards over about 10½ points of the compass, and is visible in clear weather about 30 miles. It was permanently lighted on April 1st. 1865, the total cost, including buildings, road. &c., being, £3.964. This light being erected on very high land, the tower is only 36 feet high over all from base to vane, and could not well have been made lower. By the Marine Board Act, which was passed in 1863, power was given by the General Government to erect lighthouses on the coast, but sufficient funds not being then available for this purpose, the Provincial Government of Canterbury voted a sum of £5,000 to cover the cost of the erection of their own lighthouse.

This particular photo, from which the Press Company has produced such an excellent illustration, was taken by Mr. J. J. Kinsey. An enlargement of this will be found among Mr. Sorrell's collection on his stand at the Exhibition. Several well-known faces will be seen on the Balcony, among whom are two prominent members of the Lyttelton Harbour Board—the Hon. J. T. Peacock, and Mr. Isaac Gibbs. The walk to the Lighthouse from Sumner or Lyttelton forms one of the pleasantest and most suitable for picnicing purposes that Christchurch, perhaps, can offer.