After the death of her husband in 1855, Mary Jane Bennett kept the light burning at Pencarrow Lighthouse, on top of caring for five children with another on the way. She was the first keeper of a permanent lighthouse, and the only woman to ever hold this position in Aotearoa.
Join Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga at 12:30 pm on Saturday 31 October, at the Eastbourne Library, for a talk on this remarkable woman, presented by Nik Bullard (History Communicator, Wellington Museum). Following the talk, you’ve got the option of hopping on a bike and cycling out to see Pencarrow Lighthouse itself.
Free (optional cycle hire for a cost)
You’ll need to bring your own bike or hire a bike/eBike to pick up at Eastbourne Library following the talk.
Numbers are limited for the talk, so booking is essential.
Please book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and specifying you are interested in the Pencarrow Lighthouse event.
Your booking will also get you a special discount on bike or eBike hire.
Contact: email@example.com, 04 494 8320
Accessibility: Eastbourne Library is fully accessible. The cycling trip is on a gravel track along an exposed coastline.