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Memento : Issue 20
Beacons by the sea Maatsuyker Lighthouse, Tasmania, 1956. NAA: A1200, L20616 Lighthouse keeper Mr Salchany signals a passing ship, Neptune Island, South Australia, 1963. NAA: A1200, L43685 memento may 2002 10 The exhibition will explore shipwrecks associated with lighthouses, different styles and types of lighthouse design, the use of lighthouses during war, women's contribution to the lighthouse service, the lighthouse as a cultural icon, and lighthouse myths. omantic, isolated and intimately linked with Australia's maritime heritage, lighthouses have a strong hold over the imagination of many Australians. We are currently developing Beacons by the Sea: Stories of Australian Lighthouses, an exhibition based on the people who lived and worked in these coastal beacons and the dramatic events that took place around them. In the lead-up to Federation, lighthouses and maritime issues were vital topics in discussions between the colonies. After 1901, one of the key areas of control transferred to the new Commonwealth of Australia was maritime navigation. Integral to the history of the Commonwealth Government's control of lighthouses are the lighthouse keepers and their families. Our exhibition will highlight their personal stories and experiences --- humorous, exciting and tragic --- from manual operation through to automation. The exhibition will explore shipwrecks associated with lighthouses, different styles and types of lighthouse design, the use of lighthouses during war, women's contribution to the lighthouse service, the lighthouse as a cultural icon, and lighthouse myths. It will draw on the wealth of lighthouse material held in our collection, including keepers' diaries, log books, and exquisite architectural drawings of lighthouses from every State in Australia. Photographs dating from the 1850s to the 1970s will show everything from family life and schooling in isolated lighthouses to repairing beacons and bringing in supplies. Showing in our Canberra gallery from September 2002 to January 2003, the exhibition will go on tour around Australia from May 2003. e e