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The lamp was lit for the first time on New Year’s Day 1859 making it the first permanent lighthouse to be built in New Zealand. It beamed its cautionary message for 76 years until it was replaced by an automated light at Baring Head to the east.

New Zealand’s only female lighthouse keeper, Mary Jane Bennett, was the inaugural operator of New Zealand’s first permanent lighthouse. She was the wife of the previous keeper, George White Bennett, who had drowned in the harbour in June 1855.

More info here: http://www.heritage.org.nz/places/places-to-visit/wellington-region/pencarrow-lighthouse
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