Discover the story of the evolution of lighthouse lamps from the earliest oil wick burners, kerosene and acetylene powered lights through to an early laser light and currently used equipment. Learn the principles of the Fresnel lens and how a flame in a kerosene lamp can be seen by mariners many kilometres away.
The Lighthouse Gallery displays the ex-Cape Don Light (Northern Territory), originally installed there in 1915 and restored to operation by Museum volunteers. The 1883 lens from Archer Point near Cooktown revolves on the 1863 pedestal and motor gearbox from Bustard Head (between the town of 1770 and Gladstone).
In the grounds is the ex-Bulwer Island Tower which came to the Museum from its location near the Brisbane River mouth where it operated from 1912 to 1983. The Tower is a perfect example of the type of construction unique to Queensland.