Light the way

Light the way

Original lighthouse sketch

What's the bright idea behind the lighthouse? 

Macquarie University’s namesake, Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, was responsible for Australia’s first lighthouse, which began operating in 1818. For nearly 200 years, the Macquarie Lighthouse at South Head has been shining light into the darkness across the Pacific, casting a warm glow to boats and ships, and leading the way to safety.

This lighthouse forms the central element on our coat of arms. It is a powerful symbol of our proud heritage and our vision for strength and wisdom – a beacon that lights a brighter future for everyone. As a member of our alumni family, you are part of our history and our future. We have enclosed self-build models of the Macquarie Lighthouse with our appeal for the Vice-Chancellor's Fund to symbolise this lifelong connection and the importance of a strong foundation.

How do I get involved?

  1. If you have not been sent a lighthouse model kit by post, you can download a template here or call us on (02) 9850 1382 or email  *
  2. Make your donation to the Vice-Chancellor's Fund. 
  3. Build your lighthouse - instructions below. Join in the fun and spread the word by posting your lighthouse pic on social media with #MQLightTheWay.

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