This week marked 145 years since the Overland Telegraph Line was completed, connecting Adelaide to Port Darwin, and Australia with the world. After countless challenges, the last piece of line was installed at Frew's Pond near Dunmarra. Charles Todd (second from the right) did the honours, sending this first-ever message along the singing wire, and the Territory was changed forever: "WE HAVE THIS DAY, WITHIN TWO YEARS, COMPLETED A LINE OF COMMUNICATIONS TWO THOUSAND MILES LONG THROUGH THE VERY CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA, UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO A TERRA INCOGNITA BELIEVED TO BE A DESERT +++" He's pictured here with John A.G. Little, R.C. Patterson and A.J. Mitchell.

Published: 27 August 2017


Picture: B 4639, State Library of South Australia

Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

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Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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These works were made on Arrernte, Larrakia, Gaddigal and Lenape land that was never ceded