Subsea Telegraph Cable mural


Commemorating 150 years since the first message of the Subsea Telegraph Cable.

A mural was recently completed on the substation near the Deckchair Cinema in Darwin City to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the Subsea Telegraph Cable’s first message. The Subsea Telegraph Cable was laid from Darwin to Java in November 1871, with the route through Australia completed by August 1872. This completely changed the communication landscape in Australia by linking us to the rest of the world. The mural complements the interpretative signage by the water’s edge.

The mural’s artist, David Collins, Director of the Darwin Street Art Festival, has completed many of the artworks that you see around Darwin City laneways and bus stops. In his latest mural, David depicts the story of the repairs to the Subsea Telegraph Cable, including the ship that led the cable expedition, the Edinburgh.

Senior Heritage Officer and Maritime Archaeologist, Dr David Steinberg, is particularly excited about this new mural. Through his diving exploration of Darwin’s coastline, David has seen first-hand the remnants of the cable.

Head down to the Deckchair Cinema to check out the mural for yourself.

Subsea Telegraph Cable mural

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