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Archaeology Seminar Series : Investigating the East-West Telegraph Line -A preliminary study Other events...
The opening of the East-West telegraph line in 1877 was the first time Western Australia had been joined to the rest of the continent (or indeed, the world) by a communications process not involving ships. The line, which ran from Albany in WA to Port Augusta in SA, was supported by a number of telegraph repeater stations, each established in extremely isolated locations along the south coast of the continent. This presentation outlines preliminary archaeological investigation of the telegraph line, with a view towards developing a larger research project. One station in particular, at Israelite Bay 190kms east of Esperance, was surveyed in February this year and preliminary results are reported upon. The survey, conducted in conjunction with the National Trust of Australia (WA), recorded a range of archaeological features based around a central telegraph station. A number of interesting questions have been raised by this fieldwork including the nature of life in isolated circumstances, crosscultural interaction between Europeans and Indigenous people, the importance of the telegraph line to the history of Western Australia, and the difficulties in managing heritage in remote locations.
Speaker(s) Sean Winter
Location Social Sciences, Lecture Room 1 (G28)
Contact Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Start Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00
End Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:27
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