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A stained glass window from his colleagues commemorates Samuel Walker McGowan (1829-1887), scientist and administrator. 

Samuel McGowan was taught by Professor Samuel Morse, and he gained practical experience with several telegraph companies in North America.

On 1 March 1854 he was appointed general superintendent of the Electric Telegraph Department of Victoria and two days later the first telegraph service south of the equator was opened. By December the experimental line had been extended to Geelong. In 1857 all main centres were connected and lines radiated from Melbourne westwards to Portland and northwards to the Murray River, and by the end of October, telegraph communication between the three capital cities flowed freely.

In March 1869 the postal and telegraph departments were amalgamated and McGowan became inspector of postal and telegraph service. Early in 1885 he was appointed the Deputy Postmaster-General.


Address:2 Brighton Road , Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Balaclava, 3183
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.870787
Long: 144.989181
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
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