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A few miles off the coast, south of Albany, is Eclipse Island, where a lighthouse and weather station are maintained. Although the island is within sight of the main- land, in rough weather the inhabitants of the island must rely
on radio contact. Pictures show some glimpses of the island and
Four families live in these houses near the lighthouse, 360ft. above the landing stage, on the highest part of the island. Despite the isolation they enjoy the life.
Below: In rough weather passengers and stores must go ashore by means of the basket and crane. This picture also shows the Kestrel which, once a fortnight, makes the three-hour trip from Albany
to take stores and mail to the island.
The landing point. When the weather is not too rough the folding ladder is lowered to allow the landing of passengers and stores. In the background is the lighthouse
tender Cape Otway. The main landing stage is 30ft. above the water.
Right: The lighthouse itself and meteoro- logical installations at the highest point
of the island. Eclipse Island is the State's
most southerly weather reporting station.