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Port Elizabeth – Donkin Hill Lighthouse

Donkin Lighthouse
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The Donkin Hill Lighthouse was erected in 1861, alongside the Elizabeth Donkin Memorial on Donkin Reserve.

The Donkin Hill Lighthouse operated for over 100 years. It was decommissioned in 1973 after it became apparent that the growing city of Port Elizabeth and it’s lights was making the Lighthouse installation less and less effective, as a beacon for shipping.

Donkin Hill Lighthouse was replaced with the Deal Lighthouse at Deal Party further up the Eastern Cape Coast near Papenkuils River.

In July 1921 The Donkin Hill Lighthouse became the first lighthouse to effectively communicate by radio with another lighthouse (Bird Island).

Today the lighthouse is managed by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and visitors have access to the light dome and a stunning view across Port Elizabeth.

To obtain access ask at the Port Elizabeth Tourist Information Office which is in the adjoining buildings.

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