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Marconi Memorial
Marconi Memorial

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders

Cairn marking the site from where the first overseas wireless transmission from Australia was sent by Lord Northcote, the Governor-General, to the Governor of Tasmania. A re-enactment of the event was held in 2006. 

In July 1906, Queenscliff was the scene of a technological sensation when the first official wireless message was sent 215 miles across the sea to Tasmania.

More than 200 guests gathered on the top of a hill by the sea to attend the opening ceremony of the first Marconi Company wireless telegraph station. Lord Northcote sent the following historic message to the Governor of Tasmania: “The Commonwealth greets Tasmania and rejoices at the establishment of a new means for uniting the people of Australia more closely together.”


Address:Point Londsdale Road & Anderson Street, Royal Park, Point Lonsdale, 3225
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.275928
Long: 144.618331
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event STart Date:12-July-1906
Actual Event End Date:12-July-1906


Front Inscription

From This Spot
On Twelfth July
The First Overseas
Wireless Messages
From Australia
Were Sent By
Lord Northcote 
Governor- General 
Sir R. Talbot
 Hon. A. Deakin 
Prime Minister
Hon.A. Chapman,
Hon A. Crouch
M.P. For Corio
Equipment Supplied
And Operated By
Marconi Wireless Coy Ltd

Back Inscription

From This Spot On Twelfth July 2006
The Re-Enactment Of The First Overseas
Wireless Message From Mainland
Australia To Devonport, Tasmania In The
Presence Of The Governor Of Victoria
Professor David de Kretser A.C.  

Source: MA
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