This is a beautiful full colour photograph is presented by Josephine Caruana of Jo.C.Photography.
In the 19th century, shipwrecks were numerous along the Wreck Bay coast. But the Cape St George Lighthouse did not halt the shipping toll. It was decided to replace it with a new lighthouse in 1898 at Point Perpendicular After the commissioning of the new light it was considered that the confusion of having two towers in close proximity to one another would be a hazard to mariner in daylight. As a result, the Cape St George Tower was unceremoniously used from 1917 to 1922 for target practice by the Australian Navy and destroyed. The lighthouse staff and their families also were affected by tragedy. In 1895, Edward Bailey, the Chief Lighthouse Keeper was fishing about 3km south of the lighthouse with two of his sons when he was washed off the rocks and drowned leaving a large family of eleven children. Edward a strong swimmer was heading for the shore when he disappeared beneath the waves. The boys had earlier noticed three large sharks swimming close by and it was thought that they might have taken him. His son Arthur took over his father's position and continued to rear his brothers and sisters. Another son Edward became the Head Lighthouse keeper at Pt. Perpendicular when it opened in 1899. Harriet Parker daughter of second light house keeper accidentally shot dead in 1887 by Kate Gibson the head keeper's daughter. Today the ruined remains can be visited by all and while you’re there take the time to read even more heartbreaking tragedy that fell on these families.