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Marconi Memorial
Marconi Memorial

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Cairn marking the site from where the first overseas wireless transmission from Australia were sent by Lord Northcote, Governor-General. 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 Nothcote 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 and Marchese G. Marconi

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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