Australia, being at least 19,000 kilometers from Western Europe, was a distant colony. Letters sent from Australia to Britain, were conveying social, economic, political and scientific information. Post offices were non-existant in Sydney and mail was taken care of through ad hoc private arrangements which were liable to far reaching mishandle. In 1821, New South Wales passed a legislation to direct the postage of mail.
In the mid-nineteenth century a semaphore system was the speediest known methods for communication, even though optical telegraphs had a few downsides. It was work labour intensive, ineffective during the night, and rain, mist, fog and snow diminished its energy. The 1850s saw the appearance of electric telecommunication which changed the matter of communications in Australia. In 1853, Samuel McGowan brought morse to Australia and the 1860s saw the spread of the telegraphs all through Australia.
The impact of the new innovation was found in communication. Newspapers carried information transmitted by telegraphs. The telegraph can be viewed as a vital component of central government in the expansive settlements as a medium for issuing directions and arranges and declaring arrangements.
World War II has been known as the telecommunications war with radar, telephony and telegraph all playing a critical part. World War II opened up new media communications innovation from a reliance on transporter innovation to Australians. During post-war years, telecommunications services offered numerous new improvements – automatic telephony and telegraphy, TV, computers, microwave radio, rocketry and transistors.
McLeod, E. Feature Article – The Impact of Technology on Communications. Retrieved November 24, 2017, from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/featurearticlesbytitle/