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Overland Telegraph Memorial
Overland Telegraph Memorial

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The monument 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.


Address:Esplanade, Liberty Square, Darwin, 0800
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.467222
Long: 130.843889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:20-November-1871
Actual Event End Date:22-October-1872


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 30th October, 1972
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                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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