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12 May 2009

First Electric Telegraph transmission from Brisbane to Ipswich

This is a copy of the first telegram (known then as the Electric Telegraph) sent from Brisbane to Ipswich.

It was sent on 13 April 1861.
It was a congratulatory telegram from the Mayor of Brisbane Alderman J Petrie to the Mayor of Ipswich Alderman J Murphy on the opening of the Electric Telegraph between the two towns which were 24 miles apart.

The original is a truly historic document.

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