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By Ron McMullen
A tribute to an era that made a significant contribution to Australia’s history
and the people who participated in it.

Australian Automorses

For them no more the Morse Code sound
Now their line has gone to ground
And as the shades of evening fall

Australian Pendograph


COLLECTOR: Ron McMullen.
I have been collecting Telegraph keys, instruments and associated items for many years, specialising in Australian keys, but include telegraph keys from many countries in my collection. Since this is the only available collection of Australian telegraph keys and telegraph history, it will be particularly useful for serious telegraph historians and collectors.

Although all the pictures and text are copyrighted, you may use any of them for your own personal applications including public lectures and demonstrations. If you wish to use them in publications or websites or offer them for sale to the public in any form, you must contact Ron McMullen at (

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Ron McMullen collection and description part 1

Ron McMullen collection and description Part 2

Ron McMullen collection and description part 3

Ron McMullen collection and description part 4

Ron McMullen collection and description part 5


Australian Gems

Australian Telegraph Keys and Instruments

Machine telegraph systems used in Australia

The Simplex Auto

Bits and Pieces

More Bits and Pieces

Leopold G Cohen – Inventor of the Simplex Auto

Meet the Mecograph semi automatic key

Memories of a Morseman

Buzza and Levenson Products

Coming Round the Bend and other Verse

Telegram forms used in Australia

Telegraph Traffic Procedure – 1955

The Overland Telegraph

Ninety Years of Telegraph Progress

A Selection of Australian Post Offices

One Comment
  1. Les KURCKI...VK3KD permalink

    What a fine web site…had to find my type 3 Pendograph and it’s carry case
    all these years and I didn’t know it’s history.

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