My great grandfather Thomas Alfred Gadsden, Lightkeeper, writes to the Port Captain:
Bluff Lighthouse, 14th August 1878
To Port Captain Airth
Sir, I most respectfully beg to inform you that the Lightkeepers are running short of water in fact have only a week's supply. Mr Wellington of the Signal Station told me this morning that he is the same predicament.
Therefore Sir it will be absolutely [necessary] to supply us with water from the other side, and that as soon as possible.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your Obedient Servant,
Thos. Gadsden, Lightkeeper
This photograph indicates the isolation of the Bluff lighthouse and its keepers.