The McCrae Lighthouse has been standing on the eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay since 1883, helping guide ships through the treacherous waters of the South Channel until it was decommissioned in 1994. Standing at 33.5 metres, it is Victoria’s tallest lighthouse, living on today as a popular tourist attraction for anyone exploring the Mornington Peninsula.
The McElligotts team recently had the pleasure of providing important remedial construction work to this local icon. We were contracted by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to provide our services for this iconic lighthouse, so it can continue standing for future generations to enjoy its historical and cultural significance.
The McCrae Lighthouse is made from a Chance Bros steel lattice tower, scope included the removal of hazardous coatings and coating refurbishment. Our team also erected a scaffold around the structure and encapsulated it so we could also conduct thorough steel remediation work. The project also included traffic management and liaising with the community throughout the entire process.
Despite no longer being in use, the McCrae Lighthouse was still a spectacular project to work on. One of the lighthouse’s many unique features was how it used a dioptric, catadioptric and holophotal lens system all in conjunction with one another. When in use, this light was visible from up to 25km away and provided an essential navigational line through the South Shipping Channel out of Port Phillip Bay. The light would shine white across to Melbourne and red wherever there were dangerous sandbars in the bay.
McElligotts would like to thank the Mornington Peninsular Shire Council for giving us the opportunity to work on this project, as well as all the team members who demonstrated their experience and expertise on this project by completing it to our usual high standard.
The conservation works to McCrae Lighthouse is supported by the Victorian Government through the Living Heritage Program.