Key Dates
On This Day  Below are monthly lists of significant dates in the Overland Telegraph story.  Most of the dates are in the period from 1870 when the British Australian Telegraph Company was formed in London and when the South Australian Government made a commitment to build the Overland Telegraph Line, to 1872, when the Line was finally completed. All dates are referenced to their source. NOTE: New months will be added at the start of each month in 2022.    Click an image to download a copy (PDF format):

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Chronological Order

Timelines

Below are two lists of 150+ significant dates in the Overland Telegraph story in both calendar and chronological order. Most of the dates are in the period from 1870, when the British Australian Telegraph Company was formed in London and when the South Australian Government made a commitment to build the Overland Telegraph Line. The list ends in 1872, when the Line was finally completed. NOTE: These lists are subject to update. Click an image to download a copy (MS Word format):
January February
15 September 1870 The steamer Omeo has made the trip from Adelaide in about three weeks and the stores, equipment and materials are quickly unloaded. William Paqualin and the advance team of surveyors plunge into the jungle, keen to earn their bonuses for prompt completion. Paqualin says they can do it in 12 months. The first pole of the Overland Telegraph Line is prepared and virtually the entire population of Palmerston turns out to see it “well and truly fixed”. Samuel Sweet, captain of the schooner Gulnare, captures the moment for posterity.
NEWS March April
Palmerston’s population poses for the primary pole picture [State Library SA, B69996/65]
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September

Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022
On This Day  Below are monthly lists of significant dates in the Overland Telegraph story.  Most of the dates are in the period from 1870 when the British Australian Telegraph Company was formed in London and when the South Australian Government made a commitment to build the Overland Telegraph Line, to 1872, when the Line was finally completed. All dates are referenced to their source. NOTE: New months will be added at the start of each month in 2022.    Click an image to download a copy (PDF format): January February

Calendar Order

Chronological Order

NEWS
March March  March  March  March  April May
15 September 1870 The steamer Omeo has made the trip from Adelaide in about three weeks and the stores, equipment and materials are quickly unloaded. William Paqualin and the advance team of surveyors plunge into the jungle, keen to earn their bonuses for prompt completion. Paqualin says they can do it in 12 months. The first pole of the Overland Telegraph Line is prepared and virtually the entire population of Palmerston turns out to see it “well and truly fixed”. Samuel Sweet, captain of the schooner Gulnare, captures the moment for posterity.

June

July

August

September

Palmerston’s population poses for the primary pole picture [State Library SA, B69996/65]
Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022

Key Dates