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Point King Lighthouse Ruin


City of Albany

Place Number

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Point King Albany

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1858

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 27 Oct 2020
State Register Registered 13 Dec 1996 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Register of the National Estate Registered 22 Jun 1993

Heritage Council
Albany Maritime Heritage Survey YES 31 Dec 1994

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category A+

Category A+

• Already recognised at the highest level – the WA State Register of Heritage Places. Redevelopment requires consultation with the Heritage Council of WA and the City of Albany. • Provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the City of Albany Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. • Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered.

Local Heritage Survey Adopted 27 Oct 2020 Exceptional


Essential to the heritage of the locality. Rare or outstanding example.

Statement of Significance

Point King Lighthouse Ruin, of local limestone, has cultural heritage significance as an archaeological site for the following reasons:
The place has important historical associations with shipping in Australia, and with the development of the Port of Albany as the first port of call for shipping from Europe and Africa.
The place has important associations with coastal navigation services in Australia, both as the remains of the first navigational lighthouse for the south-west coastline dating from 1858, and as the second lighthouse on the Western Australian coast.
The place is socially significant for its association with former lighthouse keepers and for contributing to the Albany's sense of place and importance.
The place is aesthetically important for its simplicity and the sophisticated utilisation of local material in a natural environment.

The alterations made to the south east section of the place, during World War Two, are considered to be of low significance.

Physical Description

The building is located on the tip of Point King at the base of the shore line. The ruin clearly shows the building was formerly four room with a central hallway. It is a random stone construction with brick around the doors and windows. The exterior walls were rendered and the interior walls show evidence of being plastered.

The location of the building in a relatively remote and inaccessible position has meant it has been largely untouched by vandals, but does make it more vulnerable to the elements.


The Point King Lighthouse was built in 1858 as a response to the end of the Crimean War in 1856. It was anticipated that this event would pre-empt the return of the lucrative mail boat service to the eastern states. The benefit of warning sailors of the narrow harbour entry was apparently not the primary concern. Like the lighthouse on Breaksea Island, it was paid for by the British government to protect their steamship route through Albany. In February 1858, the lighthouse became the first to show a light on the south coast of Western Australia. However its importance diminished with the building of the new harbour at Fremantle. It was used until 1911. The last keeper was Samuel Mitchell and his descendents still live in Albany.
In World War II, No. 1 Artillery Coastal searchlight was installed into the lighthouse. Gun emplacements were constructed nearby.

Since from the end of war, the building ws left vacant and lost its roof resulting in deterioration. Its exposed position made it more vulnerable to the elements and it is now a ruin. A conservation plan was prepared in 1995 in order to restore and stabilise the building and work to preserve the remaining structure was carried out.


Integrity: Moderate/Low
Authenticity: Moderate




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999
R Bodycoat, Duncan Stephen and Mercer Architects; "Pooint King Lighthouse, Albany WA, ConservationPlan". City of Albany 1995
Heritage Council WA Assessment 1996 1996

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
923 Point King Lighthouse Albany WA : conservation plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1995
9731 Great Southern strategic plan for Maritime heritage tourism. The story of the sea in the South. Report 2010

Place Type

Historic site


Epoch General Specific
Present Use VACANT\UNUSED Vacant\Unused
Original Use Transport\Communications Water: Lighthouse

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other CONCRETE Other Concrete
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS River & sea transport

Creation Date

03 Aug 1995

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Last Update

17 Mar 2022


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