Charles Todd

(1826—1910) astronomer and meteorologist

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(1826–1910) supervised the building of the Overland Telegraph Line from Port Augusta, SA, to Darwin, NT, between 1870 and 1872. Born in London, Todd was head of the Galvanic Department at Greenwich when invited to SA as government astronomer and superintendent of telegraphs. He arrived in November 1855, 28 years old, short, slight, and energetic. He immediately erected the colony's first telegraph line, from Adelaide to Port Adelaide, and within a few years had overseen connection to Melbourne (1856) and Sydney (1866).


From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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