Cape Leveque Lighthouse

Author

Shire of Broome

Place Number

07198

Location

L 100 & 3001 Broome-Cape Leveque Rd Dampier Peninsula

Location Details

Cape Leveque

Local Government

Broome

Region

Kimberley

Construction Date

Constructed from 1911, Constructed from 1966, Constructed from 1985, Constructed from 1965

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
State Register Registered 28 Aug 2001 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Category
Aboriginal Heritage Sites Register Permanent
Lighthouses Survey Completed 01 May 2000
Municipal Inventory Adopted 28 Aug 2014 Grading A

Statement of Significance

Cape Leveque Lighthouse is a significant landmark on the isolated coast, and continues to function as a lighthouse.

Physical Description

The lighthouse is situated on a rocky outcrop in a fenced yard. The whitewashed circular building tapers to an external steel bracketed perimeter deck off the top element that is mostly glazed to facilitate the beacon light from within. The apex has a metal dome. The design of the prefabricated cast iron lighthouse tower is finely conceived and executed. The tower 43 feet (13.1m) high.

History

Cape Leveque lighthouse was commissioned on 9 August 1911, and was one of ten lighthouses built on the West Australian coast between 1900 and 1913, most of them on the North West coast. At this time, the provision of lighthouses was still the responsibility of the State, but the control of all coastal lights passed into Commonwealth hands in 1915. Cape Leveque lighthouse tower was manufactured in Perth. Construction of the lighthouse and associated quarters cost £9,219. The lighthouse was fitted with a third order, dioptric triple flashing white light, which was visible for 18 nautical miles in fine weather. The light was fuelled by kerosene and the lighthouse was manned by two light keepers. The tower is the only prefabricated cast iron lighthouse designed by the Public Works Department and manufactured locally by Bela Makutz .The RAAF had a base near the lighthouse during World War Two, and an airstrip was built nearby in 1955. The lighthouse was modernised in 1965/66 with a new light and a non-directional radio beacon and the old quarters were replaced with two steel-framed, two-storey residences. The original light was given to the WA Museum. In 1985, the lighthouse was converted to solar power and automated, with a new light. A Racon beacon was installed. This beacon has a range of between 10 and 20 miles, less than a radio beacon, and is used by ships equipped with radar.

Integrity/Authenticity

High degree High degree

Condition

Good

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Considine & Griffihs Architects Pty Ltd Lighthouse Conservation Assessment Cape Leveque, Broome 2000

Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
No.54 MI Place No.

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7183 Lighthouses of Australia : images from the end of an era. Book 2001
4582 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority : lighthouse conservation assessment : Cape Leveque : Broome : Western Australia. Heritage Study {Other} 2000
5942 Conservation analysis of 13 lighthouse properties. C D Rom 2000

Place Type

Individual Building or Group

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Original Use Transport\Communications Water: Lighthouse
Present Use Transport\Communications Water: Lighthouse

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall METAL Cast Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS River & sea transport

Creation Date

30 May 1997

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

26 Jun 2019

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