The Friends Of South Solitary Island (FOSSIL) have agreed to join with the Coffs Harbour City Council to undertake a regular cleaning and maintenance programme of the former island’s First Order Chance Brothers Lens.
FOSSIL are calling for volunteers to assist the Coffs Harbour City Council’s Technical officer, Emma Davies (pictured left) once a month for about two hours.
“If we have enough volunteers come forward, it would mean that the job could be shared and rotated across several members said FOSSILO Spokesperson, Rob Trezise, ‘this will greatly enhance the lens’ condition.”It is a big task for one person at the moment to bring it back to prime condition, but with dedication and willing hands , it will be shining brightly once more.
As the old saying goes, Lighthouse Keepers keep the lights burning at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores.
Up until now, the lens has not been regularly serviced or cleaned since the former museum was closed to the public almost 10 years ago.
“It is a big task for one person at the moment to bring it back to prime condition, but with dedication and willing hands assisting, it will be shining brightly once more” rob said.
As the old saying goes, Lighthouse Keepers keep the lights burning.If you are interested and can help, please send your expression of interest to FOSSIL at:
As a rare and special treat the Coffs Harbour City Council has kindly allowed FOSSIL to have the lens on display and operating on Saturday morning 24 November, during FOSSIL’s AGM , being held next door to the old museum, at the Cavanbah Centre from 9.30am.
The lens is not normally open to the public or operating, so if you want to see this historic heritage listed item, almost 140 years old, then come along to the FOSSIL AGM on Saturday morning.
First published at the FOSSIL Facebook site – Tuesday 20 November 2018.