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Experiencing the History of the Cape Schanck Lighthouse

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Posted by Tony Sheer on Jan 31, 2012

The beauty of the Cape Schanck Lighthouse on the stunning Mornington Peninsula undoubtedly recalls a simpler time, complete with unspoilt beaches, fresh ocean air and rocky cliff features resilient to the effects of erosion and urban development. Visitors will undoubtedly enjoy not only the breathtaking views across the ocean, but also learning about the rich and varied history of the area and the building itself.

The Mornington Peninsula offers visitors many opportunities to step back into the past and to appreciate the vibrant history of Victoria's coastline. These include the Peninsula Post Office Museum, established in 1968 as part of the earliest waves of enthusiasm for the revival of the grandeur of the first days of seaside European Settlement. The Museum on the grounds of the building offers further artefacts from the past, detailing the lives of lighthouse keepers and the changing face of the building.

The building's history began in 1859 with its construction as the second lighthouse on the Victorian coastline. The limestone building has cut a very striking figure on the southern tip of the Mornington peninsula for over one hundred and fifty years, with its white conical tower and bright red lantern dome.

The Cape Schanck Lighthouse has gone through various restorations and refurbishments over the years, with the most notable being the installation of a first order Fresnel lens in 1915, which gives the Cape Schanck beacon a huge range of 48 km. The building was restored during the 1970s and 1980s to be suitable as a tourist attraction, but the building and beacon also remains completely functional, giving visitors to the region a true picture of a past era.