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Overland Telegraph Memorial
Overland Telegraph Memorial

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Memorial commemorates the centenary of the overseas cable to Java in 1871, and the completion of the Overland Telegraph Line between Adelaide and Darwin in 1872, and the first message between London and Adelaide.

The Overland Telegraph line linked up with a submarine telegraph cable laid between Darwin and Java on 21st October 1872, which was connected with the extensive British telegraph network, so providing Australia with its first telecommunications link with the rest of the world.

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Liberty Square, Darwin, 0800
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.467222
Long: 130.843889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Actual Event STart Date:20-November-1871
Actual Event End Date:22-October-1872

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 30th October, 1972
Front Inscription

             This Memorial
Commemorates The Centenary Of

The Laying Of The Overseas Cable To Java
       On 20th November, 1871.

The Completion Of The Overland Telegraph Line
      Between Adelaide and Darwin
         On 22nd August, 1872.

And The First Message Between London And Adelaide
       On 22nd October, 1872.

              Unveiled By
          Mr. P.G. Spillett,
President, N.T. Historical Society
      On 30th October, 1972.

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