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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.”

Location

Address:Point Londsdale Road & Anderson Street, Royal Park, Point Lonsdale, 3225
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.275928
Long: 144.618331
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Actual Event STart Date:12-July-1906
Actual Event End Date:12-July-1906

Dedication

Front Inscription

From This Spot
On Twelfth July
      1906,
The First Overseas
Wireless Messages
From Australia
Were Sent By
Lord Northcote 
Governor- General 
Sir R. Talbot
 Governor
 Hon. A. Deakin 
Prime Minister
Hon.A. Chapman,
Postmaster-General
Hon A. Crouch
M.P. For Corio
Equipment Supplied
And Operated By
Marconi Wireless Coy Ltd

Back Inscription

Plaque:
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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