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Unworldly celebrity? : Sir Charles Todd's centennial challenge

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Denis CryleDenis Cryle
Sir Charles Todd, the legendary builder of the Overland Telegraph Line linking Australia to the outside world in 1872, remains a subject of keen interest in view of his historic contribution to Australian communications. At the same time, Todd’s personal motivation, capacities and exceptional colonial career remain obscure and demand a fuller biographical study. Accordingly, this article argues for a wider understanding of Todd, grounded in his British as well as colonial experience. Rather than focusing on a single event, it identifies the institutions of science, civil service and the family along with the media, over which he exerted ongoing influence, as starting points for a long-awaited biography.

History

Volume

33

Issue

2

Start Page

9

End Page

18

Number of Pages

10

ISSN

0810-2686

Location

Adelaide

Publisher

Journalism Education Association of Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education; Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Australian journalism review.