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Memento : Issue 21
10 memento september 2002 See the exhibition Our collection is full of original drawings of lighthouses and fas- cinating stories about the lives of lighthouse keepers and their families. Many of these drawings, photographs and stories will feature in our forthcoming touring exhibition Beacons by the Sea -- Stories of Australian Lighthouses. The exhibition is on display in our Canberra gallery from 19 October 2002 to 26 January 2003, then will tour to regional galleries and museums across Australia for three years. Discover the drawings Hundreds of original architectural drawings of lighthouses in our collection have now been digitised and can be viewed on our database RecordSearch, simply by entering the name of the lighthouse and reference number A9568. The digitised drawings and plans depict the lighthouses as well as the lights, lighthouse keepers' residences, storerooms, watchhouses and equipment. Some plans are so large that they had to be photo- graphed in segments and 'stitched together' in the computer. Follow the education trail Teachers and students can explore the intriguing subject of lighthouses through the education program that will accompany our touring exhibition. The program caters for years 5--10, with links to the National SOSE (Studies of Society and the Environment) and HSIE (History, Society, Information and the Environment) curricula. It explores key themes in the exhibition such as shipwrecks, lighthouse technology and life in a light station, and includes teachers resources and student activity sheets. Parents and children can explore the exhibition together by following a self-guided discovery trail. For more information on our education program, please phone (02) 6212 3933 or email email@example.com. Want to know Did you know ... • Australia has more than 400 lighthouses and many were built near the locations of shipwrecks. • The Macquarie Light at South Head in Sydney was Australia's first lighthouse. • Many of Australia's lighthouses were built in England by Chance Brothers of Swemthwick, near Birmingham. They were made of prefabricated cast iron and shipped in numbered crates to Australia. • Lightkeepers did not live in lighthouses, but in cottages beside the lighthouses. Montague Island lighthouse fixed and flashing light. NAA: A9568, 1/11/2