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1871 – Australia’s first international telecommunications connection

20 Aug 22
Martyn Greg
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1871, 1872 – Australia’s first overseas telegraph connection

November 1871 saw the first telegraph cable connecting to Australia in Darwin from Banjoewangi in Java.
On the 22nd August 1872 the Overland Telegraph was connected from Adelaide to Darwin completing the telegraph project by Sir Charles Todd.

Here are a few stories from the OTVA collection to aid the Sesqui-Centenary celebrations on 22nd August 2022, the 150th anniversary of the connection between Adelaide and the outside world through Darwin and Java all the way to England.

OTC celebrated the Centenary of the Cables in 1971 with at least 2 publications

First Australia-England Telegraph Cable

Report by Mr C Hockin Banjoewangi-Darwin Cable

The Overseas Telecommunications Veterans count their time from this first cable landing on the mainland of Australia connecting Australia with the world.

This is our, and other telecommunications professionals heritage, hence there have been many stories over the years in our OTVA Veterans’ Newsletters about this and subsequent telecommunications ventures in Australia and the World. Our members continue the fine tradition of providing new and maintaining Communications systems today.

The OTVA Newsletter has run many stories over the years since 1972 about the Overland Telegraph Cable and the first Cable from Java to Darwin. Here are a few of the recent newsletters that have been following the Sesqui-Centenary anniversary.

There is more about the sesqui-centenary in the September 2022 Newsletter, but that’s not published as yet. Stay tuned…



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