On this day: Australia in 1870

On the fifteenth of September, 1870, people lined up to be photographed at the planting of the first telegraph pole near Palmerston in Australia.

The Australian Overland Telegraph was 3200 kilometres long and connected Darwin with Port Augusta in South Australia. It was completed in 1872, and meant that for the first time Australia could connect quickly with the rest of the world.

People in the photograph include: Mr Palmer, Mr Burton, Dr Furnell, Dr James Millner, D.D. Daly, Miss Douglas, Mr & Mrs W.T. Dallwood, Willie Douglas, A.T. Childs, Captain & Mrs Douglas.

On the fifteenth of September, 1870, people lined up to be photographed at the planting of the first telegraph pole near Palmerston in Australia.

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