Tele­scope re­turned to light­house

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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