Wednesday, 07th December 2022

Gellibrand Light Restoration

Seaworks in partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council and the Australian National Maritime Museum have completed the restoration works on the iconic Gellibrand Pile Light.

“Of all the iconic structures that Williamstown’s History has produced, the Gellibrand Light must be the most cherished and best known”, Glenn Jones, Executive Officer at Seaworks. “Not only by seafarers, for whom it had a special significance, but by the thousands of residents and tourists”.

The Gellibrand Lighthouse stood at the head of Melbourne Channel, lying off Williamstown’s Point Gellibrand. On the foggy morning of 21 June 1976, the pile light was hit by the Melbourne Trader. The force of the collision snapped the piles at waterline.

Just before the fire was lit to destroy the precariously leaning structure, the lantern and dome of the light were salvaged by the Harbour Trust and were later set up in the maritime museum complex alongside the barque Polly Woodside. In 2019 the Gellibrand Pile Light was gifted to Seaworks from the National Trust Victoria and returned to the people of Williamstown.

The augmented reality element was created by Melbourne based Ignition Immersive and is a full 360 scan of the Pile Light model on display in the museum. It was created from over 4000 individual images and stitched together to form this 3D model.

To activate this; scan the QR code and place the model in any location, walk around it and even look inside the windows. Come and SEA it for yourself at Seaworks.

Scan the QR Code

Scan the QR Code



  • The signage and augmented reality element were funded by the The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum.
  • Restoration works were funded with the support of Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Work was undertaken by the Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed
  • Windvane mechanism was donated by Doug Tannahill Seaport Sails and Canvases and restored by the Men’s Shed.
  • National Trust of Victoria gifted the Gellibrand Light to Seaworks
  • Reactivation of the original foghorn was undertaken by the Seaworks Maritime Museum Volunteers.
  • Calleja Transport – delivered the Pile Light to Seaworks from storage in central Victoria.