In recognition of the vital role Tasmania's lighthouses continue to play in ensuring maritime safety around Tasmania, TasPorts proudly supported the work of Tasmanian author Garry Richardson for his new book, Safe Passage: The Lighthouses of Tasmania.
Within these pages, the author has presented a captivating history of Tasmania's 14 staffed lighthouses and the ships that supplied them. The lighthouse keepers could not have survived without the supply ships that played an equally crucial role in keeping the lights operational.
Few are aware that a key priority for TasPorts' predecessor, The Marine Board of Hobart, was the establishment and management of a network of lighthouses, pilot stations, and navigational aids around the State to help guide vessels safely to port. While the Commonwealth took control of all Australian lighthouses in 1901, it was many years more before the Hobart Marine Board ended this work.
TasPorts is committed to the preservation of Tasmania's rich maritime history for future generations and is proud to be associated with Safe Passage: The Lighthouses of Tasmania.