The Macquarie Lighthouse

First issued in October 2011

The lighthouse is named after Lachlan Macquarie, the progressive Governor of New South Wales from 1809 until 1820.

Work began in 1816 in Sydney close to the site of a becon which had been used since 1793 to guide shipping into harbour.  The lighthouse was designed and constructed by Francis Greenway, a convict, and Macquerie was so impressed with his work he took him on to assist him with his abitious building programme.

During construction Greenway warned that the sandstone being used was substandard.  Within 5 years it started to crumble.  The current lighthouse is a replica of the original but built of better materials.  The new light came into service in 1883 but the original was not demolished for several more years.

The stamp was withdrawn after only two month when the postal service realised that Lachlan Macquarie had ordered soldiers under his command to fire on groups of six or more aborigines even if inarmed, peaceful and included women and children.  Commenting on the decision to withdraw the stamp the Postmaster General said thet “The Service does not wish to be associated with ethnic cleansing, and has therefore withdrawn the stamp”.

PharosOct1-1 25  PharosOct1 25c

PharosOct2 25b

PharosOct3 25i

PharosDec5 25w

SK NumberTypeDescription
254110p Grey-Blue and Black
25aSheet of 30
25bTrefoil aperture beamer
25cUsed alone on cover
25i42Justin's Jokeshop insert
25w4110p Grey-Blue and Black overprinted Withdrawn

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