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Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, from tending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthouse keeping.
Yet most of their stories are little known.
Guiding Lights includes stories from around the world spanning two millennia, as we discover the physical and mental risks of isolation, the heroism of the female keepers, how they came to be hired (especially in the 19th century), and the mysteries and legends that are inextricably part of lighthouse history.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
By John Cook. Softback, 0.51kg, 155mm x 223mm, 339 pages. Colour Photographs. Published 2020.
In Tasmania, John Cook is known as 'The Keeper of the Flame'. As one of Australia's longest-serving lighthouse keepers, John spent 26 years tending Tasmania's well-known kerosene 'lights' at Tasman Island, Maatsuyker Island and Bruny Island.
From sleepless nights keeping the lights alive, battling the wind and sea as they ripped at gutters and flooded stores, raising a joey, tending sheep and keeping ducks and chickens, the life of a keeper was one of unexpected joy and heartbreak. But for John, nothing was more heartbreaking than the introduction of electric lights, and the lighthouses that were left empty forever.
Evocatively told, The Last Lighthouse Keeper is a love story between a man and a dying way of life, as well as a celebration of wilderness and solitude.
NZ$37.00 + delivery.
This fascinating history of all of New Zealand's lighthouses, as well as stories of hardship and perseverance endured by stout-hearted keepers and their families, will captivate the reader and give insight of a bygone age when men and women strove against the elements to preserve the safety of mariners as well as maintaining these magnificent structures.
Together with historical details, this beautifully presented book commemorates the tales of hardship and endurance scarcely believable in today's world. Original photography and current maps are included to assist every enthusiast to relive the amazing tales and stories in the book.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
Sentinels of the Sea describes the engineering genius that allowed Lighthouse construction on even the smallest of rock outcrops, and the innovations that made the lights so powerful and reliable.
Intricate, elegant architectural plans and elevations, and evocative period drawings and photographs showcase the innovative designs and technologies behind 100 historic lighthouses built around the world from the 18th to the 20th century.
R.G. Grantís engaging and authoritative text chronicles the incredible feats of engineering and endurance that brought these iconic, isolated towers into being, the advances in lens technology that made the lights so effective, and the everyday routines of the lighthouse keepers and the heroic rescues that many performed.
Packed with extraordinary stories of human endeavour, desperate shipwrecks, builders defying the elements and heroic sea rescues, the book also reveals the isolation and vulnerability of the dedicated lighthouse keepers.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
The firm of David and Thomas Stevenson thus took on the first commissions and its successor companies over a period of 80 years were Consulting Lighthouse Engineers to the New Zealand Government. They arranged tenders, advised on technology, supervised manufacture and despatch of lighthouse components and stores, and much more, proving invaluable to the New Zealand Agent-General in London.
It was on this basis that in the period 1859 to 1941 38 major lighthouses were built; 30 of which were constructed between 1865 and 1897. Despite New Zealand's limited industrial base, this arrangement ensured they had access to Scottish lighthouse technology and expertise. Thirty-three were built using Scottish designed and built lanterns and apparatus and Scottish-designed lenses, although these were of French or English manufacture. Of the other five, two were eventually replaced by Scottish lighthouses, two were upgraded with Scottish technology, and the fifth remains the sole example of English lighthouse design, although in its time was supplied with Scottish equipment. Scotland also supplied trained professionals who manned the lights, designed and administered them.
NZ$65.00 + delivery.
To celebrate Trinity House's quincentenary, this beautiful photographic book features the best photography from the Corporation's own archive, much of which has never been seen by the public before. The fascinating images seek to show some of the unusual diversity of the ancient, complex and somewhat misunderstood institution, with accompanying passages to describe what happened during those five eventful centuries.
This photographic account of these iconic structures dotted around the most vulnerable stretches of coastline is to be treasured by anyone who finds the haunting beam of a lighthouse at sea an immensely comforting sight.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
'Anythin' for a quiet life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse'.... (Charles Dickens)
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