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First Military Wireless Signal Inscription Plaque
First Military Wireless Signal Inscription Plaque

Photographs supplied by Peter F. Williams

The memorial commemorates the first military wireless signal transmitted at Heathcote by Captain George Taylor.

On March 11 1910, a meeting in Hotel Australia, Sydney, decided to form "The Wireless Institute of Australia". The chairman of that meeting was Lieutenant (later Major) George Augustine Taylor. Two weeks later he transmitted the first military wireless signal in Australia. The Morse Code signal was received at a second military camp several kilometres distant. This was pioneering work of the day and showed that such signals could be transmitted under less than favourable conditions and from rugged terrain, ultimately proving to be of great assistance during World War One.

There is evidence that Captain George Augustin Taylor did not transmit the message but that the message was transmitted by three civilians, Edward Kirkby, Walter Hannam and Reginald Wilkinson who brought all their own equipment with them. Two sites were established to conduct the tests from a station A and a station B. Station A was in a tent adjacent to the gatekeepers cottage at Heathcote Station. Station B was 2 miles to the south in a cave on a landmark Spion Kop in what is now Heathcote National Park. The experiments were successful and Taylor gave all credit to the civilian experts.  The story of the civilian's involvement in the experiment is told in an article by Lieutenant George A Taylor  Army Intelligence Corp By Wireless - How We Got The Signals Through cc 1910. 

Note : A plaque commemorating Edward Kirkby, Walter Hannam and Reginald Wilkinson has been placed on the rear of this monument.


Address:Princes Highway & Veno Street, Veno Street Reserve, Heathcote, 2233
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.086394
Long: 151.008872
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:28-March-1910
Actual Event End Date:28-March-1910


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 20th April, 1968
Front Inscription


           The First Military Wireless Signal in Australia.   

           Transmitted by Captain George Augustine Taylor 

                        Heathcote 28 March 1910

                                     Unveiled by
Councillor A.T Gietzelt, President, Sutherland Shire Council
                                       20th April, 1968

Source: H, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au