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NEW LIGHTHOUSE ON GODLEY (From the Lytlelton Times, April 13.)

Since the erection of the light on Godley Head; a few days ago, it has become" a point of attraction to many of the townspeople of Lyttelton who wish to enjoy a pleasant ride or a good walk. Leaving Lyttelton, the bridlevtrack leads from the top of the Zigzag to the right, and sweeps round the high ground to the top of the bay originally called Vincent's Bay, and more recently Taylors Mistake, owing to the master of a vessel running in here during the nign't-time, thinking lie was about |to pass over the Sumner Bar. Tfie track trlen gradually assends to higher ground, where you get an excellent view of the harbour hefld of the .bay, arid the northeast face of the Peninsula ; to die right, 'Sumner, Bar. and the outline of the Forty-Mile Beach, the inland range of Ijhe hills to the extremity of Mo'tanau 1 , backed by the snow-capped peaks of part of the Southern Alps. Within about a mile of the headland, the country becomes much more even, and for half a mile i is near ly a|l table-land. v Having reached,tlie neighbourhood of the works connected with the lighthouse, the view to seaward is magnificent. The bluff known as Gddlet Head, named in honour of one of th'e, founders of the colony, rises almost perpendicularly out of the sea to a height of over 4doftc the the latitude of the head,' .according to Admiralty authority, is 43 ° ,8V £8" 8., longitude 172 ° 48' 20'" E. The tower for the light is 32 feet in height, arid is built within 35 feet of the vorge of the cliff. The building was contracted for and completed by M/. M'Cosker, under very great disadvantages. A portion of tbe stone was procured in the neighbourhood, but tbe cornices, 'raullions for the windows and doorways belonging to the" lighthouse and the cottages, besides the little, sand, water and timber had to come rpjind frcm the river and over the bar to Taylors Bay, . From this point a tramroad' tvas Constructed by the Government and contractor. The cottages for the light-keeper atid his assistant are very substantial build Ings ; each house has\ four good roomy apartments, with store room and other out buildings attached, arid supplied with iron water tanks, qapable of storing SOOCf gallons. The whole of the works are enclosed" b^ a stone wall about five feet high. < 2be Government have reserved 50 acres of tbe . best land for (he use of those in change of the light; When this is fenced in, ff Wijl form a^ery comfortable homeptead.' -We will now proceed Jto give a description of tne lighting apparatus used here. This light on Godley Head is. the last of fhree which have been. received from.England for the General Government,,, of New 1 Zealand.- , One hak been exhibited .ori the Island of Matanga singe Che first of January; tire second*, 9n Mana Island ,"* was lit by Captain Sharp,- Oil the. Ist of February; apct this onp»' the third; waa ijot in,, working order, till April Ist*. The prlncipk.of t&e'light is cata dioptric : the s . rayp are diffused, ;by, $ tjireg-wiclf lamp," oti s the, F.rench moderator principle., . Tbe, wicks are parallel, and jfcrans r mitted tp'me JLipe.of ,tho horizon, by ci^culair belts', or lenses of jhiclt" glassy T.he, Ifimp is self actingi' an.d requires very little attention ; tjljß. lenses,, being qpce^fixqd. can, ne>er be,put out of order. ' } The .whole li^tjng apparatus jis ejn.closed in a! large glas^lantern ;,jthe frame is of gun-metal, and tne panes, fhirty-six in nurjibef^ of plale glass half an inch thick"; thp roof, guserB,j are all q! copper ; .the limng o/ ,the roof,' the railings,, ana pedestal plates beipgpf.irozr. , The stonewprk terminates itr a cornice^ on whkh the whole of the ironwork* rests,- being held by Lewes | bolts,- and surrounded by an ornamental iron railing,, for the convenience of the Hght-lseep-e'rs.,,The.light ia vieibje for abput BO miles i^ clear weather/ The totslcost of the works i& about JE3",OOb. _ ..

l,j . I. > • " • >> I - 1 The Telfgraph, — The posts and -wires of ,the, Colonial Telegraph are rapidly approaching Cbristchnrch from the South. .The whole is completed in lengths at a time, and the last completed portion is, now less than fifteen miles from town. Ip a shiort tape the wire will therefore, connect Christcliurch and Invercargill — we wish we could say the Bluff;—^ut^ 4 it seems that the G.eijeral Government have not yet seen their way to take over this and pother provincial, lifies, Some deljay in opening may still 1 fie eisp^ctedirom the necessity of erecting telegraph stations. At Oamaru and Timaru the post offices and the post office ofiEU pials will be niacle iise q'fi but inChr'istchnrch, • Dunedin, andlnvercargill, separate offices and "operators will" be employed. We learn that every economy is to be used in working the line ; and, ambng'other points, that the stations will not be open at night*. -Wo" tmat-tha.

t^ secure the, advantage pf "communication at j any time. The newspaper press, will feel the' restriction severely. As SO P. n , the^ offices are ready and the operators instructed, the line wijl,' be opened as far as it is formed ; and the. portion between this arid Nelsoa will be , proceeded wifh., 'the pps^i are almost all on the ground already. — Lyttcltdn Times, April #.

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NEW LIGHTHOUSE ON GODLEY (From the Lytlelton Times, April 13.), New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 2057, 19 April 1865

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NEW LIGHTHOUSE ON GODLEY (From the Lytlelton Times, April 13.) New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 2057, 19 April 1865

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