Australia - Telecommunications and Broadcasting - History

Synopsis

A few years ago I followed in the footsteps of some of the early telecommunications pioneers. Arriving in Darwin, I first went on a ‘pilgrimage’ to the exact spot where the first undersea cable left Australia linking our country with the rest of the world. This report follows the development of the Overland Telegraph in the 1870s, through the wireless revolution in the 1900s with radio frequency spectrum exploited for the first time in the form of radio and television, right up to digitalisation at the turn of the 21st Century.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The Overland Telegraph from 1870
    • 2.1 The first link with the rest of the world
    • 2.2 The national routes
    • 2.3 More international links established
    • 2.4 Further developments
  • 3. The wireless revolution from the early 1900s
    • 3.1 Pre World War 1
    • 3.2 From Australia Calling to Radio Australia
  • 4. Major Milestones
    • 4.1 The years of the telegraph – 1850 - 1880
    • 4.2 The start of the telephone – 1880 - 1900
    • 4.3 Years 1901 - 1980
    • 4.4 Years 1981 - 2003
  • 5. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 – Telecommunications milestones since 1853
  • Exhibit 2 – DRCS – the new OT
  • Exhibit 3 – The Bucketty link
  • Exhibit 4 - Postmaster General
  • Exhibit 5 – First economic advantage
  • Exhibit 6 – Overhead cable: an eyesore
  • Exhibit 7 – Federation
  • Exhibit 8 - Pedal Radio

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Number of pages 21

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Last updated 29 May 2004
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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