Thursday, 13 January 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM AUSTRALIA

Smoky Cape Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located on Smoky Cape, a headland 5 km east of the town of South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia. Standing on a granite headland 140 meters above the sea, it was first lit in 1891 to direct boats towards the entrance to the Macleay River. The 17 m (57 ft) octagonal concrete tower is attached to a 1-story service building and its first order lantern and lens system is still in use today. In 1962 the light was electrified and around 1988 it was automated. The principal keeper's house is operated privately as a bed and breakfast and the cape is a popular point for whale-watching.
Australia's coastline is surrounded by many fascinating islands and atolls. Australia Post issued on March 5th, 2007 a set of six International stamps named “Island Jewels” featuring six islands well known for their natural beauty, landscapes and cultural significance.  The 30¢ stamp presents Rottnest Island, one of Western Australia's most popular holiday spots, located 18 kilometers west of Perth.
Two Christmas stamps were issued on November 1st, 2010 by Australia commemorating the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The 1.30¢ stamp shows the angel announcing to the shepherds the good news that Christ the Lord has been born in Bethlehem. Thank you, Christine.

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