We have begun to notice a trend as we travel around. Lighthouses. The idea of being remote, apart from the daily bustle and stresses of city life, whilst being paid to be there appeals to us.
Don’t get us wrong, we haven’t gone all gooey eyed with romantic notions of sitting around sunbathing all day, sipping coffee and taking photographs. We know that there is a responsibility to work; and that there are risks inherent with being so isolated. But every time we set off, we take that risk. Whether its the mountain track, or the forest, or along the coast, there’s risk involved. (We’ve mentioned before about how NZ rescue services are slightly more limited in their resources and budget compared to elsewhere. That just reflects the reality of living at the edge of civilisation.)
But there’s more to it than that. These people took on an arduous lifestyle to protect and serve seamen and passengers. Historically the pay was at the lower end of the scale, the keepers were also responsible for regular maintenance and daily chores as well as night time operations of the lights, and holidays didn’t appear to feature much at all.
What doesn’t get much print space and is of particular interest to Neil, is the engineering technology and developments that went into the lighthouse’s construction as a building, the light apparatus itself, and the backroom logistics for maintaining stores and supplies to adequate levels. There are very few books on this, or at least ones that I can find in English.
Here’s some photographs of ones we’ve visited around New Zealand. We’ll post more information at a later date if anybody would like us to do so.
And if you have a vacancy for 2 lighthousekeepers, or something similar, such as ranger, conservationist or hut wardens etc, please let us know. We’re prepared to travel worldwide, and available from 1st March 2016…