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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

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Posted on 23 September 2012

 

Telegraph Station Alice Springs, was established in 1872 to relay messages from Adelaide to Darwin, was one of 12 such stations along the Overland Telegraph Line. Today it is under state protection as a historical museum-reserve and the site of the first European settlement in what is now Alice Springs.

The site was chosen in 1871 by surveyor William Mills, who was looking for a suitable path for the telegraph line across the range McDonnell. Construction of the plant began in November of the same year. During World War II it was used army units. Whatever it was, but after 60 years of successful work in the building housed a school and boarding school for Aboriginal children.

Today the building is a telegraph station and its surroundings - a popular tourist destination. Shady garden is an ideal place for picnics. According to the museum-reserve 4-kilometer paved walking trail that goes along the Todd River. Here you can ride a bike and see the very source of Alice Springs, after whom the city was named. It is close to the station. Interesting and architectural component of the museum: the station building is under state protection since 1963, and during this time many buildings were restored. Inside you can see the furniture and other objects of the late 19th century. Hence it is still possible to send a letter, which will be a special mark. And, despite the proximity of the city, in the Museum, located in the mountain range McDonnell, there are also wild animals such as wallabies.

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