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Coaxial Cable : 14-June-2011
Coaxial Cable : 14-June-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The red basalt stone with relief map marks the Melbourne end of the coaxial cable laid from Sydney in the 1960s. 

The Sydney-Melbourne co-axial cable was a major telecommunications engineering and construction project in south-eastern Australia in the early 1960s, designed to significantly increase telecommunications transmission capacity between Sydney and Melbourne and other centres, along its route including Canberra. 

The cable's route was approximately 960 kilometres and roughly followed the Hume Highway as it existed at that time. The Sydney–Melbourne coaxial cable was officially opened on 9 April 1962 when the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, made an interstate direct dial call.


Address:Spring Street, Gordon Reserve, East Melbourne, 3002
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.812153
Long: 144.974298
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 10th November, 1961
Front Inscription

Commonwealth of Australia Postmaster Generals Dept.

To mark the finish of the laying of a coaxial cable from Sydney to Melbourne by Post Office lines staff.

This stone was unveiled on the  10th November 1961  by the Hon.C.W. Davidson, OBE, MP, Postmaster General.

The two cities were first linked by telegraph in 1858, and by telephone in 1907.

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