Making visitors misty-eyed

A new hologram display at Alice Springs Telegraph Station celebrates the pioneering spirit of those involved in one of the great engineering feats of the 19th Century, the construction of the Australian Overland Telegraph Line in 1870.

In an Australian-first, new tourism displays using the latest 'mist holographic technology' tell the story of the Northern Territory's key role in connecting Australia to the rest of the world.

The hologram display will showcase the characters involved in the project:

  • John McDouall Stuart, the explorer - highlights the challenges of early exploration
  • Laurence Wallace, the Morsecodian (present President of SA and NT Morsecodians Fraternity) - provides an introduction to Morse code and its role in early communication
  • Ah Hong, a Chinese labourer on the Overland Telegraph line
  • Doris Bradshaw, daughter of the fifth Officer in Charge of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station - describes what life was like in a remote telegraph station in the early 1900s.
Behind Justine Petrick, Business Manager of Alice Springs Telegraph Station and Outback Cycling, is a holograph of Doris Bradshaw, daughter of the fifth Officer in Charge of the station
Behind Justine Petrick, Business Manager of Alice Springs Telegraph Station and Outback Cycling, is a holograph of Doris Bradshaw, daughter of the fifth Officer in Charge of the station