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Finders, keepers.

This former lighthouse-keeper’s cottage is a one-in-a-million property.

It was Governor Macquarie who first identified the need for a lighthouse at the far end of South Head and asked English architect turned convict Francis Greenway to design a structure at Vaucluse. More than two centuries later, one of the lighthouse keeper’s cottages at that same location is for sale, a slice of maritime history in an unrivalled location.

The lighthouse is no longer the original, but a close replica constructed between 1881-1883 on account of wear and tear. Colonial NSW architect James Barnet rebuilt the lighthouse and added two keeper’s residences — the Head Keeper’s Cottage to the south of the lighthouse and a second building known as the Assistant Keeper’s Quarters, which is now for sale.

“What we have for sale is a fantastic piece of maritime history,” says selling agent Robert Alfeldi of CBRE Residential. “It is so unique. You just won’t find another property like it.”