Morse code receivers and senders, air raid sirens and early car telephones are just some of the communication devices made possible by electricity. The Museum archive also holds the Council’s ‘pressed letter book’ that conserves the history of Australia’s first municipal street lighting undertaking in Tamworth.

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The electric telegraph was the first practical use of electricity. It was the first use of electricity in Australia in 1854, and in Tamworth in 1861. In the mid-19th century it took a sailing ship 4 months to reach England from Australia. To send a message and receive a reply took almost a year. With the electric telegraph it could be done in two hours. News from Europe which previously was 4 – 5 months old was known the next day.