Newsletter 53

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150 years ago, in August 1872, the first official electric telegram arrived in Adelaide from Port Darwin – the foundation of today’s instant communications.

The overarching theme of this edition of the Newsletter is Communicating history and heritage: with the Overland Telegraph central to this.

Described as ‘the greatest engineering feat carried out in 19th century Australia’, the telegraph epitomizes innovation, pioneering spirit and began the feminisation of the office. 

We also look at new Australian history textbooks, the story behind an early navigation text, the truth behind an archaeological site and the digitising of the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre name index cards.

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