1910: An Illuminating Milestone for New Zealand’s Cape Brett Lighthouse

February 21, 1910

On New Zealand’s North Island, a lighthouse on the tip of Cape Brett Peninsula was first lit. The first keeper for the Cape Brett Lighthouse was Robert McIver; Frances Earnest Lee served as this navigational aid’s first assistant keeper.

Cape Brett Lighthouse was built to help better guide and protect the numerous vessels traveling through the centuries-old maritime route in that part of the South Pacific. The specific site for this structure had been surveyed and selected in 1908 by Captain John Bollons, whose service on behalf of New Zealand’s Marine Department (the present-day Marine Division of the Ministry of Transport) included extensive work involving both planned and actual lighthouses.

Measuring approximately 49 feet (15 meters) in height, Cape Brett Lighthouse remained in operation until being replaced by a nearby automated beacon in 1978. In 2009, Cape Brett Lighthouse and its associated structures were added to the list of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now known as Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga). The above stamp portraying this lighthouse was issued in 1947.

Image Credit: Public Domain

For more information on Cape Brett Lighthouse, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Brett_Lighthouse

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