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Apollo Bay Submarine Cable Repeater Station

Apollo Bay Submarine Cable Repeater Station, Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay, VIC

Photographs: None
List: Register of the National Estate
Class: Historic
Legal Status: Indicative Place
Place ID: 3698
Place File No: 2/01/140/0008
Nominator`s Statement of Significance:
The building houses part of the original submarine cable terminal repeating equipment and associated test equipment. The first cable of such length used for the transmission of telephony. The equipment used was the most modern of its day using black negative feed back amplifiers.
Official Values: Not Available
Description:
The former Apollo Bay Submarine Cable Repeater Station on the Great Ocean Road at Apollo Bay, was opened on 25 March 1936 by the then Prime Minister, Joseph A Lyons. The communication cable failed after only six months and was not reinstated. The building was instead used for a variety of other purposes. The building is a simple single storey structure of face red brick and symmetrically arranged with a central timber doorway and timber multipane windows on either side. The roof is clad with asbestos cement sheeting. The recessed wall panels are the only ornamentation in an otherwise strictly utilitarian structure. The cable was linked to another building in Stanley, Tasmania.
History: Not Available
Condition and Integrity:
The building is in reasonable condition and relatively intact, although the repeater equipment has been removed.
Location:
Great Ocean Road, 1km north-east of Apollo Bay.
Bibliography:
THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA NO 3 JUNE 1936
PRIESTLY, SUSAN, "MAKING THEIR MARK", FAIRFAX, SYME AND WELDON
ASSOCIATES, MCMAHON`S POINT, 1984, P.351.
"THE AUSTRALIAN ENCYCLOPAEDIA", GROLIER SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA P/L,
SYDNEY, VOLUME 10, P24-5.

Report Produced: Wed Jan 31 20:45:50 2007


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