|Review: Low Head Maritime Museum (Tasmania, Australia)|
|Thursday, 15 January 2009 13:29|
From Baird Online:
Situated in the charming seaside hamlet of Low Head, Tasmania, a 50-minute drive north of Launceston and on the eastern shore of the mouth of the beautiful Tamar River, this delightful museum is a credit to its committee of volunteers.
Despite being only small, this interesting little museum, housed within Australia's earliest collection of surviving pilot buildings, has an outstanding display of rich maritime heritage including the history of pilotage at Low Head. Established in 1805, the station was home to crew members of the pilot boats whose job it was to guide vessels safely through the heads in and out of the Tamar River.
The museum also stages short term specialist exhibitions relevant to the maritime nature of the area. Cottage accommodation is available within the Low Head Historical Precinct site. One kilometre to the north, and within the lightstation precinct, is the only operating Type "G" Diaphone Foghorn in the world. Restored by local volunteers after it was decommissioned, it may now be heard for a few minutes each Sunday at midday.
Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed December 25. The Coxswain's Cottage Coffee shop/restaurant is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily except December 25
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