The Lighthouse Girl by Hellie Turner, based on the novels by Dianne Wolfer, is a uniquely West Australian story. This gentle play takes place in the Great Southern region of WA, based primarily in Albany. Evocative and powerful, this play embodies a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia's development as a nation.
Recently a Black Swan patron and Albany resident kindly shared some poetry inspired by and alluding to the Breaksea Lighthouse and Fay Howe's "Fleeting Light". Poems are courtesy of J.N. Monahan, as published in "Sonnets on Western Australia" by the Shakespeare Club of WA.
Shall I compare thee to an Anzac Cove
Here, the majestic isles in George's Sound
Are fairer by far wherein Nature wove
Her beauty among hills and hallowed ground.
No more from Breaksea shines the Fleeting light
Those cheering thousands saw, then sailed afar
To front the mighty foreign foes -to fight
And lose young lives in muddy bloody war
Our darling lads and hearty Dads did go
To die in distant lands on battle ground:
When broken men limped home with tales of woe
Our mourning wails soughed round the Royal Sound.
The Eternal flame of home-fires burning
Will guide the souls of our boy returning
Special thanks to James Monahan for his poetry submission. Image by Lynn Ferguson.