Old Water Wheel

Lighthouse Waterwheel


Useful Information

Location: Cape Leeuwin. 5km south of Augusta.
Open: no restrictions [2007]
Fee: free [2007]
Classification: ExplainTufa Deposits
Light: n/a
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History

1895 lighthouse and waterwheel errected.
01-DEC-1896 lighthouse turned on.
1925 petroleum lamp replaced by electric light.
1928 water wheel abandoned.

Description

The Old Water Wheel is special. It was errected together with the lighthause, to pump water to the house of the lighthouse keeper. But it was soon abandoned, and the water was transported to the house by other means. But the water still flew over the now useless wheel, depositing limstone on the wooden wheel. The karst water is rich in limestone, which was deposited whlie flowing over the wheel. And after eighty years the whole construction is covered by a thick layer of dripstone. Obviously a fantastic motive for photographers.