Katherine River Overland Telegraph Line Pylon - NT

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DEG: -14.43499 132.282806
DMS: 14º 26' 5.96" S 132º 16' 58.1" E
UTM: 53 L 8402432mN 207032mE
Altitude: 115m


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95 Gorge Rd
Lansdowne NT 0850
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The Overland Telegraph Line from Port Augusta to Port Darwin was Australia’s most significant infrastructure project of the 19th Century. It connected Australia to the rest of the world via submarine telegraph cable reducing communication times from Adelaide to London from 100 days to a few hours.

The line reached Katherine by Christmas 1870 and crossed the “Katherine River” at this location. Pylons were built in 1898 – 00 to solve the problem of floodwaters interfering with the wires during the wet season and for the added telegraph traffic.
The 1899 towers are 9.1 metres stone Cairns with two 15.2 metre steel poles in each. The towers are 400 metres apart across the Katherine River.

During WW11 the line was upgraded, rebuilt and transferred to the 1926 Railway Bridge. The old telegraph line at this location continued in service until 1967, almost 100 years after it was built.

On the 10th July 1996, the two pylons were declared a places of national heritage.
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Tindal at 25/02:00pm CST
Distance from Katherine River Overland Telegraph Line Pylon 14.52km SE
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Katherine Aviation Museum
Distance from Katherine River Overland Telegraph Line Pylon 1.38km SW
Mean Max. °C34.633.934.
Mean Min. °C24.223.923.120.816.813.813.014.620.123.724.624.5
Mean Rain mm261.9243.7207.345.

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