Alice Springs: This famous town played a major role in the development of the Australian outback, first for cattle, then the Gold Rush Era. Later, it became important in early aviation in the 20th Century as well as the communication links between Britain and the rest of the world.
Anyone with an interest in Australian history will find Alice Springs an absorbing destination. Milestones achieved here range from the importance of early rail and air services to the development of the pastoral industry. Just as importantly, historical places to visit here include the role of the Afghan camel drivers and the exploits of the early inland explorers, as well as the the building of the overland telegraph line.
There are buildings dating back to the earlier settlement of Alice Springs located here, including the original telegraph repeater station, now restored. The telegraph line linked Australia to the rest of the world in the 1870s through Darwin and an undersea cable to Java.
The museum explains how the equipment worked and about the trials of setting up the station so far from civilization.
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