Australian Overland Telegraph

Insulators Used to Sharpen Spears

[Newspaper]

Publication: The Union and Recorder

Milledgeville, GA, United States
vol. XLIV, no. 46, p. 4, col. 2


A DEATH BED INTERVIEW BY

TELEGRAPH.

 

The Australian overland telegraph extends for 1,900 miles across the great wastes of Australia from Adelaide on the South to Port Darwin on the North. The stations are few and far apart, and the line is consequently greatly exposed to attacks from the natives, who pull the wire down, and cut away great quantities of it for the purpose of arming the points of their spears. They also smash the porcelain insulators and use the sharp edged pieces to scrape their spear blades into shape. Each station is a small fort in itself, at which six men reside.