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Author
Spratt, Peter
Title
Raine Island Beacon: Conservation Works on National Heritage Structure
In
First International and Eighth Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 1996: Shaping Our Future; Proceedings
Imprint
Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 1996, pp. 97-101
ISBN/ISSN
0858256614
Url
https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=625303289667099;res=IELENG
Abstract

The 1844 Convict Beacon built of phosphate rock, on a phosphate rock platform, is the oldest European construction in the Australian tropics. It was built to mark a safe passage through the Great Barrier Reef into Torres Strait. It is extremely remote, being 1600km travelling from the nearest support base at Cairns. The Consultants were required to prepare a Statement of Significance and to investigate the structure and fabric. The Beacon was found to be damaged by lightning strike, stone bedding washout, stone pointing loss, structural cracking of individual stones, massive salt attack on its supporting platform, and undermining by turtles. Remedial works were determined and carried out to correct defects and to provide protection against the identified disrupting phenomena.

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