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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada

Solve the Mystery!

The Mystery of the Vanishing Lightkeepers

A mystery!
A mystery!
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Did you have a lightkeeper in your family?

Between 1860 and 1928, 12 people—including one woman—served as keepers at Fisgard Lighthouse. Who were they? What were their stories? Why do we know so little about them?

In 2010, Fisgard Lighthouse—now a national historic site run by Parks Canada—celebrated its 150th birthday. To mark a century and a half of helping mariners find their way safely home, Fisgard got a complete makeover with new, fully accessible washrooms, fire protection, easier access to the building, and entirely new exhibits. Many of these exhibits focus on the keepers and their families: their work, their lives (and sometimes their deaths).

Keepers of Fisgard Lighthouse

Keepers of Fisgard Lighthouse 
Solve the mystery of the vanishing lightkeepers
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So far, despite searches in British and Canadian archives, photographs of only two of Fisgard's 12 keepers have come to light: George Davies, the first keeper in 1860; and Josiah Gosse, who lit the lamp for the last time in 1928, the year Fisgard was automated. Unfortunately, official correspondence reveals but a few tantalizing tidbits about their personal lives.

This is where you come in! Help Parks Canada celebrate the lives and stories of the people who tended the light. We are appealing to anyone who might have a connection with Fisgard (or with Race Rocks Lighthouse). If there are any old photos, letters, diaries or family stories you are willing to share, we would love to see or hear them—and so would generations of Canadians yet to come!

E-mail fort.rodd@pc.gc.ca or write us and help shed light on the history of Fisgard's lightkeepers.