Formation of OT-150 Committee The OT-150 committee was formed as a result of 10 years or cooperative work by citizen historians with an interest in the work of South Australia’s STEM pioneer, Sir Charles Todd. Todd is best known as the individual responsible for the conception and project management of the Overland Telegraph Line. A roundtable of interested organisations and individuals in S.A. met in late November 2021 to discuss OT sesquicentenary activities and how a coordinated approach might benefit all. The meeting resulted in a master list of planned events and a commitment to create a focal website. In February 2022 the coordinating Committee of the N.T. Sesquicentanary agreed to join the commitment to a common coordination. It became evident that 2022 was not only an opportunity to commemorate the sesquicentenary but also a fertile opportunity to create legacy historical material that would survive into the future.
The Website - 4 environments:
EVENTS gives a brief overview of commemorative events planned in S.A. and N.T., their schedule, venue and contact details. As plans are firmed up, there may be greater detail available on a second page.
GALLERY contains a collection of images that relate to the OT story in terms of places, people, events and others that are relevant. They are presented in no particular order and exist to give the viewer a feeling of the historical context of the OT Line.
LIBRARY is possibly the most fertile part of the website as it contains useful historic and contemporary documents. The contents of the library will grow considerably through the year as research creates new material and investigations re- discover existing important documents and web material. It is the intention that most of the contents of the Library will be integrated in book form and printed to be included in national and state library collections for future reference and free download.
DISCUSSION BOARD is a traditional online bulletin board forum for those interested in the wide-ranging issues associated with the OT sesquicentenary. Members are self-nominated and must request to sign-on. It can be accessed by clicking the symbol.
Committee Members are: Mac Benoy (Coordinator) Todd Researcher (meteorology) Gavin Beinke Todd and OTL Researcher Stephen Gillam-Smith Todd family UK genealogist Susie Herzberg OAM Urban and Environmental Planner Derek Pugh OAM Author (N.T. OT-150 Co-ordinator) Richard Venus Engineering Historian
Acknowledgements - Societies: Adelaide River Museum Northern Territory National Trust Alice Springs Telegraph Station NT Parks and Wildlife Astronomical Society of S. A. Philatelic Council of S.A. Instit. of Engineering Technology Royal Geographical Society of S.A. John McDouall Stuart Society History Trust of South Australia Katherine Museum South Australian Museum Mates of the Murranji The Pioneers Association of S.A. N Territory Library and Archives Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Retired Group
Acknowledgements - Individuals: Keith Conlon OAM Chair, S.A. Heritage Council Andrew Crouch Author and Telecommunications Engineer Dr. Rob Morrison OAM Curiosity Show
Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022
Formation of S.A. OT-150 Committee The OT-150 committee was formed as a result of 10 years or cooperative work by citizen historians with an interest in the work of South Australia’s STEM pioneer, Sir Charles Todd. Todd is best known as the individual responsible for the conception and project management of the Overland Telegraph Line. A roundtable of interested organisations and individuals met in late November 2021 to discuss OT sesquicentenary activities and how a coordinated approach might benefit all. The meeting resulted in a master list of planned events and a commitment to create a focal website. It became evident that 2022 was not only an opportunity to commemorate the sesquicentenary but also a fertile opportunity to create legacy historical material that would survive into the future. Committee Members are: Mac Benoy (Coordinator) Todd Researcher (meteorology) Gavin Beinke Todd and OTL Researcher Susie Herzberg OAM Todd family South Australia Stephen-Gillam Smith Todd family UK genealogist Derek Pugh OAM Author (N.T. OT-150) Richard Venus Engineering Historian
The Website - 4 environments:
EVENTS gives a brief overview of commemorative events planned in S.A. and N.T., their schedule, venue and contact details. As plans are firmed up, there may be greater detail available on a second page.
GALLERY contains a collection of images that relate to the OT story in terms of places, people, events and others that are relevant. They are presented in no particular order and exist to give the viewer a feeling of the historical context of the OT Line.
LIBRARY is possibly the most fertile part of the website, contains useful historic and contemporary documents. The contents of the library will grow considerably through the year as research creates new material and investigations re-discover existing important documents and web material. It is the intention that most of the contents of the Library will be integrated in book form and printed to be included in national and state library collections for future reference and free download.
DISCUSSION BOARD is a traditional online bulletin board forum for those interested in the wide-ranging issues associated with the OT sesquicentenary. Members are self-nominated and must request to sign-on. It can be accessed by clicking the symbol
Acknowledgements - Societies: Adelaide River Museum Northern Territory National Trust Alice Springs Telegraph Station NT Parks and Wildlife Astronomical Society of S. A. Philatelic Council of S.A. Instit. of Engineering Technology Royal Geographical Society of S.A. John McDouall Stuart Society History Trust of South Australia Katherine Museum South Australian Museum Mates of the Murranji The Pioneers Association of S.A. N Territory Library and Archives Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Retired Group
Acknowledgements - Individuals: Keith Conlon OAM Chair, S.A. Heritage Council Andrew Crouch Author and Telecommunications Engineer Dr. Rob Morrison OAM Curiosity Show
Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022