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Keeper of Shrine’s light vows to keep ‘bending the beam’ on love – The Age

For 45 years, Frank Johnston and his team of surveyors have ensured a sunbeam shines on a Shrine monument at 11am on November 11.



Inspired by similar solar ceremonies in ancient temples, the Shrine was designed with apertures specifically for this purpose.
However, in 1971, the introduction of daylight saving meant the light hit the stone at noon, instead of 11am.
Frank Johnston on the Shrine upper walkway, circa 1980.
For a few years, artificial light was used, but the Shrines original surveyor, Frank Doolan, decided this wouldn’t do.
And so, in the lead-up to the 1975 ceremony, Mr Doolan asked Mr Johnston, then an RMIT surveying…

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