Telescope returned to lighthouse
A TELESCOPE believed to date back to the turn of the 20th century has made its way home to Low Isles.
The artefact was found in the Port Douglas Coast Guard building a year ago and was shrouded in mystery as to its history until someone recently shed some light on it.
Coast Guard officer Peter Wright said they were giving the building a good clean out when they came across the telescope.
‘‘We didn’t know the history of it until one of our members said they believe it came from Low Isles,’’ he said.
‘‘Someone has donated it in the past and said it was the old lighthouse telescope.
‘‘But we really need to fill in the gap in its history.’’
The telescope will become part of the collection at the museum on Low Isles, as soon as the LIPS team can verify its authenticity.
The Low Isles lighthouse was the last one in Australia to be de-manned in 1993.
‘‘What we are trying to do is return things to where they belong and raise awareness to find memorabilia in the local area,’’ Mr Wright said.
Anyone with historical maritime items that they would like to share with the community or seek help to find its origin are encouraged to contact the Coast Guard on 4099 5392.