The completion of the Overland Telegraph Line on 22 August, 1872 spelled the start of a new era of communication for Colonial Australia, but came at the end of more than ten years of exploration, planning and construction.
The following resources provide researchers with an opportunity to sample first-hand accounts, discover contemporary coverage of events, and survey the many works that consider the place of the Overland Telegraph Line in the history of Australia.
Between 1958-1862 Stuart led six expeditions culminating in the successful crossing of Australia from south to north, through the centre of the continent. His surveys formed the basis of the route subsequently chosen for the Overland Telegraph.
Diaries of Dr Frederick Emil Renner. Attached to the Overland Telegraph construction works as a medical officer.
D 7919/2-3Read online as a manuscript or a transcript
D 7919/4-5Read online as a manuscript or a transcript.
D 7919/6-7Read online as a manuscript or a transcript.
D 7919/8-9. Read online as a manuscript or a transcript.
These are a sample of some of the more comprehensive or unique material we hold.
Search our catalogue with the subject Overland Telegraph Line N T And S A for more.
Calder, George. Stirring events ashore and afloat, 1897.
Cameron, AR. The story of the Overland Telegraph Line : [a lecture], 1932.
Crouch, Andrew. , 2020.
Cryle, Denis. , 2017. Pt.II. 'The 'great work' and its aftermath' (1870-73).
Giles, Alfred. , c. 1926.
Gooley, MJ. The construction of the Overland Telegraph Line : Port Augusta to Darwin, 1972.
Livingston, KT. The Wired Nation Continent: The Communication Revolution and Federating Australia, 1996.
Mills, Elliott Whitfield. ., 1993.
O’Brien, JE. , 1969.
Pugh, Derek. Twenty to the mile : the Overland Telegraph Line, 2022.
Renner, Frederick. , 1983.
Richards, JB. The Overland Telegraph Line : its early history, 1914
Taylor, Peter. An end to silence : the building of the Overland Telegraph Line from Adelaide to Darwin, 1980.
Thomson, Alice. The singing line, 1999.
Bob Carew PRG 1365/1/133
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The Manning Index of South Australian history lists newspaper articles written during the telegraph’s planning and construction, as well as historical reflections in the years that followed. You can use this list as a basis for finding relevant articles in Trove.
For example. ‘The Overland Telegraph’ in The Express and Telegraph, 25 June 1872, p. 2.
The OT150 website also offers a selection of significant newspaper articles.