I won’t be able to attend one of these talks, but certainly wish I could:
Ghosts, murder and heartbreak were just some of the challenges facing Queensland lighthouse keepers and their families as they struggled to survive in isolated areas.
Lighthouses were recognised as lifesavers, especially in the days before ships were fitted with sophisticated technology. Without them, the Queensland coast would have experienced far more than the 1800 shipwrecks that occurred.
Mairi Popplewell from the National Archives has been delving into the archival vaults to discover the history of Queensland lighthouses. She is sharing her findings in two free public talks Lighting the darkness: Lighthouses in Queensland at the National Archives in Brisbane on 15 and 20 August.