North Room Museum spotlights the Cape Byron's lighthouse families
The newest exhibition in the Cape Byron Lighthouse North Room Museum shines the light on the lighthouse keepers and their families who kept the lighthouse going for almost a century.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) area manager Sue Walker said the permanent exhibition in the base of the light tower focuses on role the families played as a team.
"Lighthouse Keeping: A Partnership" is a prism for the Cape's unique cultural heritage reflecting on the lives of the Cape's Lightkeepers and their families from its opening in 1901 to automation and de-manning in 1989.
"We often romanticise about the life of the lonely lighthouse keeper however, their families also played a crucial role in ensuring the lighthouse functioned day in, day out, year-round.
"Lighthouse work was challenging and required an enduring commitment. This new exhibition highlights some of that commitment," Ms Walker said.
The exhibition includes a sound-station with recordings of keepers and their stories of past events, a display of items of significance, an interactive children's adventure station and a broad collection of historic photos from 1902.
Harry Handicott, Cape Byron Lightkeeper 1958 and Headkeeper 1973 to 1974 is quoted as saying, "we worked as a team. We always knew it was a partnership.
"Everyone knew the light was the priority. Each family had different stories to tell, different feelings and experiences, but the nature of the job was all encompassing and everyone played a part."
The museum was in part funded by the Australian Government Maritime Museums of Australia Support Scheme.
The Cape Byron Lighthouse North Room Museum and its "Lighthouse Keeping: A Partnership" will be open to the public daily (except Christmas day) from 10am to 4pm.