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Author
Atkinson, Ian R
Title
Linking the Nation - the Victoria-Tasmania Submarine Telephone Cable 1936
In
Eleventh National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Federation Engineering a Nation; Proceedings
Imprint
Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 2001, pp. 163-169
ISBN/ISSN
1740922155
Url
https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=520846852793630;res=IELENG
Abstract

Following British settlement in N.S.W. in 1788, Tasmania was the second Australian colony, founded in 1803. All communication between Tasmania and mainland Australia, and the world, was by sea transport of mail and official documents. In 1859, the first (short-lived) electric telegraph cable was laid under Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. However, it was not until January 1936 that the first voice telephony service became available to Tasmanians over a submarine cable provided for that purpose. This paper surveys the history of electrical/electronic communications between Tasmania and mainland Australia, with particular reference to the 1936 cable. The social and political environment, within which engineers brought about this significant achievement, is outlined.

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