The Last Lighthouse Keeper

The Last Lighthouse Keeper
The Last Lighthouse Keeper
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A beautiful Australian story about one of Australia's longest-serving lighthouse keepers. John Cook spent 26 years tending to Tasmania's well-known kerosene lights at Tasman Island. This story tells about the wildness and madness of John's life, and how he fell in love with the wilderness and the solitude. Written by John Cook with Jon Bauer.

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From sleepless nights keeping the lights alive, battling the wind and sea as they ripped at gutters and flooded stores, raising a joey, tending sheep and keeping ducks and chickens, the life of a keeper was one of unexpected joy and heartbreak. But for John, nothing was more heartbreaking than the introduction of electric lights, and the lighthouses that were left empty forever.

features

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Published by Allen & Unwin Australia in 2020
  • Written by John Cook with Jon Bauer

dimensions

23.5cm x 15cm

about the author:

John Cook moved from the UK to Tasmania as a boy with his mother at the outbreak of World War II. John grew up loving the natural environment and being very practical. After serving in the Australian Navy, being a walking-track maintenance worker, operating a mobile x-ray health scanning unit and running service stations, John joined the Australian Lighthouse Service in 1968. He was a Light Keeper and later Head Keeper at various Tasmanian lights, notably Eddystone Point, Tasman Island and Maatsuyker Island, until 1993. John was also an honorary National Park Ranger.

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