Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Cape Byron Lighthouse. Jann Burmester

Living in a lighthouse

CAPE Byron lighthouse has hosted the launch of a new book about the men, women and children who lived and worked in some of the most remote lighthouses in NSW.

'Life Under the Light: Lighthouse Families of New South Wales' is based on more than 30 interviews with light keepers and their families from the period 1930 to 1990.

The book includes historical photographs of family life at seven of the 10 lighthouses managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

It aims to shine a light on the neglected stories of lighthouse keepers and their families.

Norma McCabe, 84, of Mullumbimby raised four children in lighthouses with her husband, light keeper John McCabe.

Their first posting was at the isolated South Solitary Lighthouse, 18 kilometres off Coffs Harbour.

"He got the job as long as I passed a test too," Ms McCabe says.

Ms McCabe "loved" living in the Cape Byron lighthouse from 1973 to 1980 and she says she is delighted her family's role has been documented in the book.

"I think it's a beautiful book and I don't think we've heard enough from the people who lived in the lighthouses."



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