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Drawings of the Overland Telegraph

Drawings of the Overland Telegraph

Six pencil sketches by William Fisher, of Overland Telegraph stations and related scenes, dated 1875.

Overland Telegraph Party

Overland Telegraph Party

Overland Telegraph Party Leaders. Published in "The Overland Telegraph Line", J.B. Richards, 1914. The names of the expeditioners have been written on to the photograph. They include: William McMinn, Richard Randall Knuckey, AG Woods, WW Mills, RA Horn, Bromley, C Musgrave, T Naish.

Diaries of the Overland Telegraph Line construction

Diaries kept by Dr Frederick Renner while attached to the Overland Telegraph Line construction works as a medical officer. See individual item records for D 7919/2-9(L) for further details of diaries and transcripts. Item D 7919/1(L) is 'The story of Dr Frederick Emil Renner, MD, medical officer on the Overland Telegraph Line, 1871/2' by Jose Petrick, in acknowledgement of a minor history award from the Northern Territory Government, 1980. Covers his career as a doctor in South Australia and NSW, together with notes on places in the Northern Territory bearing his name - Renner's Rock (or Doctor's Stones), Renner Street and Renner Springs.

Map of the Overland Telegraph Line

Map of the Overland Telegraph Line

'This map of Australia shows the route of the overland telegraph line and the original stations'. Written on reverse: Telecom Australia, Neg. No 9010/1.

Overland Telegraph Line rammer

Overland Telegraph Line rammer

A rammer used by Miss Douglas at the ceremony held for planting of the first pole of the Overland Telegraph Line at Port Darwin, September 15, 1870.

Charles Todd and the Overland Telegraph team

Charles Todd and the Overland Telegraph team

A note on the back of the photograph reads 'Members of the Overland Telegraph Party at Roper River, 1872. Left to right: J.A.G. Little, R.C. Patterson, Charles Todd and A.J. Mitchell. Todd (later Sir Charles Todd) was one of the great men of South Australian history. The telegraph lines which he built linked Adelaide with Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Darwin (and hence by cable with the rest of the world). Todd was the first man to pioneer the centre after Stuart's first crossing to Darwin. Alice Springs (on the Todd River) was named after his wife. This photograph, taken by Captain Sweet, is a brilliant example of early photography in Australia and is reproduced by courtesy of the South Australian Archives'.

Overland Telegraph camp, Fort Hill

Overland Telegraph camp, Fort Hill

'Overland Telegraph Camp, Fort Hill, Port Darwin. 1870-72'. Written on reverse: Telecom Australia, Neg. No 213.

Survey Party camp, Overland Telegraph Line

Survey Party camp, Overland Telegraph Line

Lord Kintore's Survey party near Alice Springs, showing workers resting next to a wagon. Mounted Constables Harry Chance and Charles Brookes on the left, and two Aboriginal Troopers at right. The buggy is Lord Kintore's. The expedition travelled along the Overland Telegraph Line in 1891. Written on reverse: Telecom, 28.

Overland Telegraph Line

Overland Telegraph Line

R. H. Purvis with wheels of Overland Telegraph Line pole carting wagon of 1872.

Overland Telegraph construction party

Overland Telegraph construction party

Overland Telegraph Construction party. L-R John A.G. Little, R.C. Patterson, Charles Todd and A.J. Mitchell.

Report on the Overland Telegraph

Report on the Overland Telegraph

Newspaper cutting featuring an article on Sir Charles Todd and his role in the construction of the Overland Telegraph in 1872; it also features the photograph at B 69996/65.

The overland telegraph line

The overland telegraph line

Bob Carew up a pole of the Overland Telegraph Line.

The overland telegraph line

The overland telegraph line

A view of the overland telegraph line.

Journal of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Journal of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Handwritten diary relating to Stephen King's work as surveyor and explorer for the northern part of the Overland Telegraph.

Journal of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Journal of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Handwritten diary relating to Stephen King's work as surveyor and explorer for the northern part of the Overland Telegraph.

Field diary of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Field diary of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Handwritten diary relating to Stephen King's work as surveyor and explorer for the northern part of the Overland Telegraph. Printed diary layout is for 1870, but most entries are from 1871.

Field diary of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Field diary of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Handwritten diary relating to Stephen King's work as surveyor and explorer for the northern part of the Overland Telegraph, including survey diagrams.

Field diary of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Field diary of Stephen King Jnr of the Overland Telegraph Line

Handwritten field diary relating to Stephen King's work as surveyor and explorer for the northern part of the Overland Telegraph, including survey diagrams.

Plan of Overland Telegraph from Port Darwin to Port Augusta [cartographic material] /
compiled and drawn in the Office of the Post Master General and Superintendent of Telegraphs by Alexander Ringwood ; Frazer S. Crawford, Photolithographer

Plan of Overland Telegraph from Port Darwin to Port Augusta [cartographic material] / compiled and drawn in the Office of the Post Master General and Superintendent of Telegraphs by Alexander Ringwood ; Frazer S. Crawford, Photolithographer

Map of northern South Australia and Northern Territory showing the Overland Telegraph Line from Port Augusta, South Australia, to Palmerston in the north. Shows boundaries of counties and hundreds, telegraph line, natural features and notes and routes made by the Surveyor General, telegraph construction parties, etc. Relief shown by hachures. Details of the northern section from Palmerston to Katherine Station include coast, rivers and creeks, ranges, tablelands. Part 2 covers the area from the Roper River to Ashburton Range, Powell's Creek Station and Mt. Willieray just north of Tennant Creek and includes some notes on natural features.

Overland Telegraph Line

Overland Telegraph Line

Telegraph Station, Barrow Creek. The site was chosen in September 1871 by John Ross' Overland Telegraph exploring party, which was assessing Stuart's route to set up a telegraph line through Central Australia. This sketch shows the small building dwarfed by rocky hills in the background.

Plan of Overland Telegraph from Port Darwin to Port Augusta (Sheet 1) [cartographic material] /
compiled by Alexander Ringwood

Plan of Overland Telegraph from Port Darwin to Port Augusta (Sheet 1) [cartographic material] / compiled by Alexander Ringwood

Compiled and drawn in the Office of the Post Master General and Superintendent of Telegraphs in 1873, this map shows the boundaries of Hundreds and Counties of the northern most section of the telegraph and includes natural features of the country from surveys and explorations made by the Surveyor General, telegraph construction parties and others. There are manuscript additions showing the route of McMinn's exploring party, signed by Jno.H.P. in 1877.

Telegraph Wagon

Telegraph Wagon

Horse drawn Overland Telegraph repair wagon.

Overland Telegraph Line

Overland Telegraph Line

Barrow Creek Telegraph Station was settled by Europeans in 1872 when the Overland Telegraph Line was established. At the time of this photograph Barrow Creek was the scene of the last major massacre of Aborigines in Australia. An estimated seventy Aboriginals were killed in retribution for the death of dingo trapper Fred Brooks.

Overland Telegraph Station Barrow Creek

Overland Telegraph Station Barrow Creek

Panorama of the Overland Telegraph Station at Barrow Creek, sketched in pencil, including details of two buildings, telegraph poles, a camel in the foreground and large escarpments in the background. Barrow Creek is situated about half way between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

Plan shewing the Adelaide and Port Darwin telegraph line [cartographic material] /
drawn by J. Brooks, F.C. Ward and W. M. Hardy

Plan shewing the Adelaide and Port Darwin telegraph line [cartographic material] / drawn by J. Brooks, F.C. Ward and W. M. Hardy

Map of the Northern Territory and northern South Australia showing the Overland Telegraph Line route, with sections marked A-E and contract sections. Shows the area from Port Augusta to Palmerston. Details include named natural features (mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, creeks, springs), railway lines and stations.

[Overland  Telegraph Line] [cartographic material]

[Overland Telegraph Line] [cartographic material]

Map, hand drawn, of the telegraph line from near Mt. Paqualin in the north through Lindsay Range and Yam Creek, McMinn's Bluff, Cullen River to the Fergusson River, with brief notes re natural features.

Overland Telegraph Station

Overland Telegraph Station

Overland telegraph station at Tennant Creek.

Overland Telegraph Station

Overland Telegraph Station

Overland telegraph station at Tennant Creek.

Overland Telegraph Station

Overland Telegraph Station

Overland telegraph station at Tennant Creek.

Overland Telegraph Station

Overland Telegraph Station

Overland telegraph station at Tennant Creek.