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“This is a must people..... and its free !!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station
Stuart Highway, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia
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Lapu Lapu, Philippines
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“This is a must people..... and its free !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

The Telegraph Station is a Must, you have to stop and look at this place and wonder what life might have been like for the people who originally came there, to run the Telegraph service .

When the Telegraph line was laid, under the sea, from England to Australia, they needed a series of places, which could boost the signal so that Australia and the Australians could get and send their news at a much faster rate, than they had been in the past.

News, especially through the outback could take weeks, months before the people knew what was happening. With the advent of a series of Telegraph Stations, up and down ( what is now the Stuart Highway ) they were able to gather and send the news much faster. What used to take three to six months, was now taking less than 24 hours !

However there was a cost ! These people who manned the Stations were subject to the Lonliness, and desolation of the outback, especially in the heat of summer, Bush flies, Snakes, and depleted stores meant that they were, many times on the brink of starvation.

But when the store did come in, there was plenty for all to enjoy, and people did !

So stop, have a look around, take photos and enjoy this outback wonder. See the rooms that they lived in, the Telegraph room where the line was manned 24 hours a day, the Butchery, The Blacksmith's Shop and other rooms and Buildings.

There is also a small cemetery, a sobering reminder of the fragility of the outback life.

Visited December 2013
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Jesi, Italy
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“A simple palec”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Tennant Creek is a desert place. When you arrive there, you feel lost in the desert. Very little to do and to see. There are different spots which shows the story of telegraph but they re not really exciting. We stayed only oneight there as we were driving from the north to Uluru.

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne
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“A Look At Early Outback Life.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I could imagine a visitor from the city wondering what all the fuss is about here, walking about the dry dusty grounds in the heat of the day to poke around some old buildings. However, I believe the type of tourist that will find their way here, pretty much out in the middle of nowhere will appreciate the history lesson. I know I enjoyed it. The buildings have been faithfully restored to their prior glory (although ongoing care is needed), and a self guided tour will allow you to wander about the grounds and exteriors of the buildings. A refundable deposit will get you a key from the the Battery Hill Mining Centre in Tennant Creek if you wish to explore the interior of the buildings. We were on our way out of town, and didn't find this necessary.

Visited June 2013
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Sunshine Beach, Australia
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“Historical site”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

An interesting set of buildings giving an insight into the hardships of the early settlers in this outback part of the country. While the buildings have previously been renovated they are showing signs of neglect - doors etc are falling apart. It would be a shame to see the govt not stepping in again & keeping the renovations up to scratch. Don't expect "bells & whistles" but there is enough information to make any history buff glad for the stop. Don't forget your insect repellant.

Visited April 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“History Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This site has wonderful history, and one can do a self guided tour with information sheets available at the gate (please leave it behind for someone else if you can). One can get a key on payment of a deposit in town, to see inside the buildings, but I was doing the tour alone on my way out of town. In addition to the information sheet, notice boards in front of each building give further information. There is enough to see without going in the buildings, and the information is a stark reminder to the challenges our early settlers and workers faced in this desolate dry place.

Visited April 2013
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