Parks Victoria is a statutory authority, created by the Parks Victoria Act 1998 and reporting to the Minister.
Our estate covers more than 4 million hectares, or about 18 per cent, of Victoria. We manage the largest and most diverse collection of heritage places on public land in Victoria, with around 2,900 heritage assets and many places of National and State significance.
Our primary responsibility is to ensure parks are healthy and resilient for current and future generations. We manage parks in the context of their surrounding landscape and in partnership with Traditional Owners.
Wilsons Promontory Lightstation was built in 1859 from local granite on a narrow peninsula jutting into the waters of Bass Strait. In the 1800s supplies were delivered to the lighthouse by ship every six months and there was little communication with the outside world. Families, often with children, had the lonely but vital task of keeping the light burning, saving both ships and lives.
The Wilsons Promontory Lightstation’s heritage collection is comprised of over two hundred objects that offer insights into a way of life and work that is unique in today’s society. Most of the items are displayed in two museum rooms adjacent to the lighthouse, others remain outdoors, and some are in use.
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse (2003)
The Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse collection is comprised of over 200 items related to the operation of the lightstation, telegraph communications and WW2 when navy personal were stationed at the lightstation. There are also some domestic items related to the daily lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families.