Featuring
Todd’s Telegraph Dream, a four-minute video which is an excerpt from the film A Wire Through the Heart from the National Film and Sound Archive. <click the image below>
The Overland Story in Two Pages
The National Museum of Australia succinctly summarises the challenges faced by those who conceived of and built the

South Australian Register, 16 Feb 1871

This website will grow as more content is added through the year. OT-150 is committed to not only work with existing materials but to undertake further research and writing to leave a legacy. We welcome your suggestions and interest in helping to create that material.
Ending the Isolation In 1872 a population a third the size of modern Sydney was scatterred across a continent the size of the United States. This article, dated 16th February 1871, before the Overland Telegraph Line (OTL) was completed, shows that newspapers and letters travelling from England by sailing ship took 7 weeks to arrive, and telegrams sent via Ceylon (Sri Lanka) took almost a month. A conversation by mail took approximately 14 weeks to send a message and get a reply. A single wire strung on poles across the vast inland of Australia was our first electric and digital connection with the world. It’s impact on the economic and social fabric of the country was as dramatic as the Internet of the 20th century and even the NBN of the 21st Century.
the Overland Telegraph Line. There was keen competition between colonies to complete a connection and reap the benefits of being the first to have almost immediate access to foreign news as it happened.
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SLSA PRG/19/3/77 Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022

South Australian Register, 16 Feb 1871

Ending the Isolation In 1872 a population a third the size of modern Sydney was scatterred across a continent the size of the United States. This article, dated 16th February 1871, before the Overland Telegraph Line (OTL) was completed, shows that newspapers and letters travelling from England by sailing ship took 7 weeks to arrive, and telegrams, probably sent via Ceylon (Sri Lanka) or Batavia (Indonesia) took almost a month. A conversation by mail took approximately 14 weeks to send a message and get a reply. A single wire strung on poles across the vast inland of Australia was our first electric and digital connection with the world. It’s impact on the economic and social fabric of the country was as dramatic as the Internet of the 20th century and even the NBN of the 21st Century.
Featuring
Todd’s Telegraph Dream, a four-minute video which is an excerpt from the film A Wire Through the Heart from the National Film and Sound Archive. <click the image below>
The Overland Story in Two Pages
The National Museum of Australia succinctly summarises the challenges faced by those who conceived of and built the
Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022
This website will grow as more content is added through the year. OT-150 is committed to not only work with existing materials but to undertake further research and writing to leave a legacy. We welcome your interest in helping to create that material.
OT-150 Network An intiative to coordinate commemoration activities for the 150th anniversary completion of the Overland Telegraph Line linking Australia to the global network Contact us  	+0407 719 096 info@ot150.net SLSA PRG/19/3/77
Sponsors of OT-150
UniSA STEM, creating innovative solutions and ground- breaking developments covering a broad range of disciplines in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through quality teaching, learning and research excellence.
URPS is a dynamic and diverse firm of town planners and allied professionals. We believe that everyone should live in healthy, connected and prosperous cities and regions. We achieve this through our work in development, engagement and policy.