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Key Clicks and High Tension

Tom Adams was fascinated with telegraphy from an early age and was invited to witness the transmission of the first shore to ship message in the Southern Hemisphere, sent from Queenscliff to RMS Ophir carrying the Duke and Duchess of York and Cornwall for the opening of Federal Parliament in 1901.

Tom gained employment with the newly established Post Master General’s Department as a telegraphist and later gained a science diploma from the Melbourne Working Men’s College, later RMIT. Following the advent of wireless telegraphy he was appointed to the PMG’s Wireless Section and was instrumental in the development of the coastal wireless service following the sinking of the SS Titanic in 1912.

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