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OTL Pole

Relic Overland Telegraph Line (OTL) pole

Between 1870 and 1872 the Overland Telegraph Line (OTL) was constructed across the Australian continent. The original route was based on the discoveries of explorer John McDouall Stuart (1858-62) and the poles were made from termite resistant Cyprus Pine.

Soon after construction was completed many of the original wooden OTL poles were replaced with galvanised steel Oppenheimer Poles and then, with the completion of the Ghan Railway as far as Oodnadatta in 1891, the entire original OTL was realigned along the railway.

Very little evidence remains of the original OTL. This photo shows a single lone stump near Lake Phibbs.

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OTL Pole
Relic OTL pole near Lake Phibbs (Oodnadatta Track)
Photo - Philip Gee (1996)

 

 

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