Just imagine…

Imagine living on an island as a lighthouse keeper – you are responsible to keep the light shining- all night, every night- to guide the ships and keep them safe from the rocks. Over 125 years ago, when the light station was built, there were 3 keepers who would share the job. They lived on the island with their families. Sometimes they got on together, sometimes they argued and wouldn’t speak to one another. But there was no getting away.

There was a job to do and the lighthouse inspector could turn up at any time and watch out if everything wasn’t ship-shape. Meanwhile, the kids did school of the air and ran free fishing, playing, chasing birds… It could be heaven on earth, unless disaster struck or someone was hurt or really sick and the seas were rough…

Imagine thousands of years ago, long before white man arrived on these shores, being an elder of the local tribe and heading out with the menfolk, in small bark canoes, to gather mutton bird eggs at Baranguba.(Montague Island) Whales pass by and your canoe is tossed in the air as they leap about. Hundreds of dolphins and seals are herding a shoal of fish…  Shall you head over and spear some fish for dinner? It is still a long way to paddle to the island…

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