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Robertsons Point Lighthouse

Item details

Name of item: Robertsons Point Lighthouse
Other name/s: Robertsons Point Light Tower, Robertsons Point Light
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Maritime Industry
Category: Lighthouse Tower
Primary address: Cremorne Reserve, Cremorne Point, NSW 2090
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Cremorne ReserveCremorne PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Sydney Ports CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Robertsons Point Lighthouse is of State significance as an integral component of the navigational system which ensures the safe operation of the Port of Sydney. It is an important harbour navigation light which is a minor landmark on the tip of Roberston Point. It is one of the early examples of the use of re-enforced concrete in maritime situations and uses both in-situ and pre-cast sections.
Date significance updated: 19 Jun 04
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Physical description: An 8 metre high circular light tower comprising three sections, a circular solid centre section of pre-cast semi-circular arches forming a tapering cylinder and a section comrising a flat circular walkway around the glazed light room, topped with a spherical copper dome with finial shaped as an orb. The walkway has a light steel handrailing and a short timber foot bridge connects the light to the mainland.

Light is supplied with mains power. Occulting green light 3 Sec, 2on 1off
Further information: Sydney Ports Corporation Category 2 navigation aid under the Port safety Operating Licence. [Location shown at position 25 on Sydney Ports Corporation Plan of Navigation Aids Sydney Harbour East ]
Current use: Navigation aid under the Port Safety Operating Licence


Historical notes: Built 1909 this light is of the same form and construction as the Bradley's Head lighthouse which was the first of this design to be erected. These lights were built with the first pre-cast reinforced concrete sections for maritime lighthouses in Australia and have remained in good condition since establishment.(SHI)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Of historical significance for its association with navigation aids employed during the early 20th century and still in use.(Anglin 1990:3008)
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Of architectural and aesthetic significance for its functional maritime design and its contribution to the cultural landscape. (Anglin 1990:3008)
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
An early and interesting example of precast concrete lighthouse construction forming a landmark on this part of Sydney Harbour.(SHI)
SHR Criteria g)
The Roberstons Point Lighthouse is an integral part of the series of lights that allow Sydney Harbour to operate as a world class port. The light tower is representative of the harbour lights. Collectively the lights which are detailed in the Admiralty Sailing Directions (7th edition 1999) for the information of international shipping are of State significance.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerMSB300826 Jun 90   
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerMarine Ministerial Holding Corporation492004524 Nov 98   
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerSydney Ports Corporation456000401 Jul 04   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Sydney Ports Corporation Heritage and Conservation Register20044560004Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy Heritage Consultants  Yes
NSW Marine Ministerial Holding Corporation, Heritage and Conservation Register19984920045Heritage Group, Dept of Public Works  Yes
Sydney Harbour Maritime Services Board Heritage and Conservation Register19903008Anglin Associates  No
Sydney Harbour Maritime Services Board Heritage and Conservation Register1990 Anglin Associates  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenMaritime Services Board1983Sailing Directions NSW
WrittenSydney Harbour Trust1909Annual Report

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4560004

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