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Early History of Electricity Generation in Australia

October 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

$10 – $12

This event is in partnership with the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology

Glass plate negative of George Street, Sydney, showing Sydney Town Hall and early electric street lighting, c.1904-1917 [Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, https://ma.as/28657]

This photo shows George Street, Sydney, in the early twentieth century. Electric trams arrived in 1899 and electric street lights in 1904. But electricity was not new: the photo also shows evidence of the telephone system, which was predated by the electric telegraph. The talk will cover how electricity was generated for each of these systems, the competition between suppliers, and the history of electricity in switched-on towns such a Launceston and Tamworth as well as in the big cities.

About the speaker:

Debbie Rudder was Curator of Power Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum from 1990 to 2014. In that time, she fielded many public enquiries about the first use of electricity in Sydney and Australia. She will reveal all the possible answers during her talk.

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Details

Date:
October 31
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
$10 – $12

Organiser

Royal Australian Historical Society
Phone:
(02) 9247 8001
Email:
history@rahs.org.au
Website:
www.rahs.org.au

Venue

History House
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Phone:
(02) 9247 8001
Website:
www.rahs.org.au

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