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Sun 17 December 2017
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PLACE: MCCRAE, VICTORIA
Lat 38° 21' S, Lon 144° 55' 7" E

McCrae LighthouseThe township of McCrae was originally known as Dromana West but was renamed in 1934 after Andrew McCrae, an early settler who came to the area in the 1840s with his wife Georgiana McCrae.

They built and lived at the McCrae Homestead in 1844, now restored by the National Trust as a museum demonstrating life in the early pioneering era around 1844-1851 and is one of Victoria's oldest homesteads.

McCrae is situated on the south-east shore of Port Phillip Bay on the Mornington Peninsula between Dromana and Rosebud, 45 miles south of Melbourne, VA. It has a population of over 1500 people and is popular for its water sports and excellent bathing beaches.

McCrae is overlooked by Arthur's Seat State Park, an area rising to a height of 314 meters from where views of Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula are breathtaking. It was named by Lt John Murray during the first exploration of Port Phillip Bay in 1802 and first climbed by Captain Matthew Flinders on foot, although the summit is now also accessible by car or chairlift. The park covers a total area of 572ha.

One of the most prominent landmarks in the area is the Eastern Lighthouse. Despite being referred to as either the Dromana Lighthouse, Rosebud Lighthouse and sometimes the South Channel Lighthouse, it is actually located on the beach side of the Nepean Highway in McCrae. Built in 1874, the steel lighthouse was the tallest on mainland Victoria standing at 34 meters giving it a range of around 13 nautical miles. The lighthouse is no longer in operation, having been decommissioned in 1994, but is maintained by the McCrae Foreshore Committee via the Department of Natural Resources and Energy.

Photo: Garry Searle
With thanks to www.lighthouse.net.au

If anyone has any further information or photos of this area, please send to editor@clan-macrae.org.uk

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