Digital Photograph: Godley Head Lighthouse

Michael Davies
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26 May 2013
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 26 May 2013 showing the Godley Head Lighthouse and cliffs. Taken from the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour looking north. The Godley Head Lighthouse (K4286) was discontinued on 6 July 2012. Volcanic banding is visible in the face of the cliffs.
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There were several major rock falls along the coastal cliffs near Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour. At Godley Head these caused damage to the World War Two fortifications and to the Godley Head Lighthouse. Following the 13 June 2011 earthquake, the lighthouse was unable to be accessed to repair the light. This was principally because of its location on a ledge partway down the cliff where it was moved in 1942 (the lighthouse had previously blocked part of the arc of fire for the guns mounted on the headland). In July 2013, the Department of Conservation dismantled parts of the lighthouse and winched them to safety with a helicopter.
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