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Press Release: Lighthouse weekend a success

Issued: 18 August 2008

HUNDREDS of people braved blustery conditions at the weekend for a taste of the traditional lightkeeper’s life at Cape Otway Lightstation.

There was standing room only in the marquee which became a theatre on Saturday night, as Canberra actress Chrissie Shaw performed The Keeper, a piece of object theatre about the brave, lonely, dedicated and versatile women who supported their lightkeeper husbands and families in the 1900s.

Guided by the light of the full moon, which shone a silver light on the waves of Bass Strait, more than 50 people heard the stories of Cape Otway’s ghosts from a team of paranormal investigators.

A three course meal was served in the Lightkeeper’s CafĂ© following the ghostbusters’ tour.

Cape Otway Lightstation manager said the two day festival, part of International Lighthouse Weekend, had been a real success with people travelling from as far as Melbourne to enjoy heritage police re-enactments, to listen-in on radio conversations with lightkeepers around the globe, and to soak up the history of the 1848 lighthouse.

“People are starting to look out for the event now and we’re aiming for it to become a highlight of the region’s winter calendar of events,” Mr Thompson said.

“The weekend’s activities were a real winner with families – children enjoyed craft activities, live music, pony rides, visiting the top of the Lighthouse and the thrill of the ghost tour.

“Although the accent is on fun for families, it’s also a great way for kids to learn about our fascinating history.”

For further information on International Lighthouse Weekend, please call Paul Thompson on 5237 9240 or visit

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