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Overland Telegraph Symposium

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  • University of South Australia, City West Campus
    61-68 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

The sesquicentenary (150 years) of completing the Overland Telegraph Line will occur on 22 August. Sometimes referred to as Australia's biggest infrastructure project of the 19th century, it was a tremendous gamble for a colony of approximately 180,000 people in 1870. It allowed almost instant connection to the world and changed our colonies both socially and economically. Adelaide became a critical information hub for the continent, adding to its position as the focus for mail communication with the outside world.

The construction of the line in the 1870's was clearly an early statement that South Australia would be a significant enthusiast in the STEM field, one that continued through the 20th century industrial boom, then on to our state's current commitment to space and defence technology. The architect and project manager of the Overland Telegraph Line was STEM pioneer Charles Todd, who also made major contributions to our country's foundations in astronomy, meteorology, electrical engineering, spatial science, horology and telegraphy.

The OT-150 Symposium, sponsored by the University of South Australia will be opened by the Governor and compered by Keith Conlon OAM. It features a kaleidoscope of local and interstate speakers presenting newly researched information about the Overland Telegraph Line, what preceded it, the heroic efforts to build it and what followed.

All speakers are experts in their topics revealing interesting facts and themes that will stimulate your thoughts, not only on this historical event, but also on the STEM and HASS development it brought to our continent.

There are also many other OT-150 events occurring in the Northern Territory and South Australia.

Location Information

UniSA Hawke Centre, Allan Scott Auditorium The nearest Tram stop is 'City West'. Parking close to the Campus may be found on Hindley Street or at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Street parking is very limited.