The wi-fi telegraphy station at Geraldon with callsign VIN commenced operation on 12 Might 1913. It was the primary station in Western Australia constructed by the Commonwealth. VIP Perth / Fremantle / Applecross had commenced beforehand, however that station was constructed by the Australasian Wi-fi Firm below contract to the Commonwealth. The station offered a significant hyperlink between VIP and VIZ Roebourne in the course of the daytime (thence to VIO Broome, VIW Wyndham and stations additional North) and notably when land telegraph programs failed. Operationally the station’s duties remained comparatively fixed for a number of many years, being basically a communications hyperlink between the massive numbers of ships that hugged the Western Australian shoreline in addition to the massive mail liners that linked Australia to Europe and ports between. Organisational management nonetheless was always altering:

  • initially a presumably undesirable a part of the Postmaster-Basic’s Division, however with officers professionally classied
  • following the graduation of WW1, more and more, if informally inside the gamut of Defence
  • then, late in WW1, a reluctant transferee to the Division of the Navy because the Royal Australian Naval Radio Service (RANRS)
  • nicely after the conclusion of WW1, lastly transferred again to the Postmaster-Basic’s Division
  • in 1922 purchased below the management of Amalgamated Wi-fi (Australasia) Ltd because it elevated its grasp of Australian wi-fi
  • in 1928 the laborious belongings of the coastal radio community formally offered to AWA
  • Upon graduation of WW2, once more the coastal radio community management vested in Defence
  • in 1946 briefly below the management of the PMG once more
  • in 1948 transferred to the newly created Abroad Telecommunications



Preliminary operation[edit]

World Warfare I[edit]

Royal Australian Naval Radio Service[edit]

Publish World Warfare I[edit]

PMG management resumes[edit]

AWA management[edit]

Sale of Station to AWA[edit]

Station modernised[edit]

World Warfare II[edit]

Publish World Warfare II[edit]


Members and workers[edit]

Design, building, upkeep[edit]

  • John Graeme Balsillie, 1913, Commonwealth Wi-fi Skilled who designed the wi-fi system deployed and oversighted the community institution
  • Walter Moss Sweeney, 1913, building venture supervising engineer for the Postmaster-Basic’s Division
  • R. C. Cox, 1913, assistant venture engineer for the Postmaster-Basic’s Division
  • R. D. Munson, 1913, venture foreman-rigger for the Public Works Division’s portion of the development venture
  • Sydney Trim, 1930, mast alternative venture supervising engineer for Amalgamated Wi-fi (Australasia) Ltd.
  • S. Broomehall, 1930, mast alternative venture mechanic for Amalgamated Wi-fi (Australasia) Ltd.

Station workers[edit]

  • James Joseph Wiseman Lamb, senior wi-fi officer, March? 1913 to Might 1914
  • Mark Mortimer, senior wi-fi officer, Might 1914 to ??
  • Arthur McDonald, wi-fi officer, circa January 1915
  • A. E. Pell, wi-fi officer, ?? to July 1915 (depart for conflict service)
  • B. Hooker, wi-fi officer, ?? to August 1915 (depart for conflict service)
  • Broomhill, wi-fi officer, July 1915 to ??
  • H. Selfe, wi-fi officer, circa Might 1920
  • Louis Alfred Fontaine, wi-fi officer, circa Jun 1923
  • E. W. Tymms, wi-fi officer, circa April 1925
  • Reginald Charles Goodland, wi-fi officer, January 1924 to December 1925
  • George Franklin Prepare dinner, wi-fi officer, circa 1928
  • Harold E. Cox, senior wi-fi officer, circa 1929 to March 1931
  • Newman Dobson Pusey, ??, 1926 to August 1933
  • E. H. Smellie, wi-fi operator, 1930 to March 1931; senior wi-fi operator, March 1931 to November 1933
  • H. B. Wolfe, wi-fi operator, March 1931 to ??
  • F. H. Chrismas, senior wi-fi officer, circa November 1935 to Might 1949+
  • R. C. Anderson, wi-fi officer, circa September 1936 to September 1940; reduction January 1949 to Might 1949
  • C. Lemmon, ??, December 1940 to ??

Station guard WW1[edit]

  • Second Lieut Gibbings, guard commander August 1914 to ??
  • Second Lieut E. S. Everett, guard commander ?? to February 1915
  • Second Lieut Hutton, guard commander February 1915 to ??
  • Corporal W. Go, guard troop, died France February 1917 “no larger love”
  • Personal George Compton, guard troop August 1914 to January 1915, died France July 1918 “no larger love”
  • H. H. Opie, guard commander ?? to ??

Additional studying[edit]

  • Bastock, John. Ships on the Australia Station, (Little one & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd, Frenchs Forest, 1988) ISBN 0-86777-348-0
  • Burger, David. Callsign Historical past Australia – Australian Beginner Radio Callsigns, (IEEE, 2014) on-line
  • Carty, Bruce. Australian Radio Historical past (4th ed. Sydney, 2013) [1]
  • Curnow, Geoffrey Ross. “The historical past of the event of wi-fi telegraphy and broadcasting in Australia to 1942, with especial reference to the Australian Broadcasting Fee: a political and administrative research”. on-line
  • Durrant, Lawrence. The seawatchers : the story of Australia’s Coast Radio Service (angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1986) Trove NLA
  • Geeves, P. “The Daybreak of Australia’s Radio Broadcasting”. on-line
  • Given, Donald Jock. “Transit of Empires: Ernest Fisk and the World Vast Wi-fi”. (Melbourne, 2007) [2]
  • Griffen-Foley, Bridget. Altering Stations the story of Australian industrial radio [3]
  • Hadlow, Martin Lindsay. “Wi-fi and Empire ambition: wi-fi telegraphy/telephony and radio broadcasting within the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, South-West Pacific (1914-1947): political, social and developmental views”. (Martin Hadlow, Brisbane, 2016) [4] [5]
  • Harte, Bernard. When Radio Was The Cat’s Whiskers (Rosenberg Publishing, 2002) [6]
  • Hewitson, Peter. Australian MCS; A short historical past of the Australian Coastal Radio Service (Web site) [7]
  • Johnstone, James. Coastal Radio Stations (Webpages) [8]
  • Jolly, Rhonda. Media possession and regulation: a chronology (Canberra, 2016) [9]
  • Jones, Colin. One thing within the air : a historical past of radio in Australia (Kenthurst, 1995) [10]
  • Jose, Arthur W. The Official Historical past of Australia within the Warfare of 1914-1918; Quantity IX, The Royal Australian Navy (Angus & Robertson, Sydney, ninth Ed, 1941) On-line (particularly Chapter XIV: Sundry companies: Radio-Telegraphy, Censorship, Coaling, and so forth.)
  • MacKinnon, Colin. Australian Radio Publications and Magazines (Ian O’Toole, 2004) on-line
  • Martin, Fiona (2002). “Past public service broadcasting? ABC on-line and the consumer/citizen”. Southern Assessment: Communication, Politics & Tradition 35 (1): 42. 
  • Muscio, Winston T. Australian Radio, The Technical Story 1923–1983 (Kangaroo Press, 1984) [11]
  • Ross, John F. A Historical past of Radio in South Australia 1897–1977 (J. F. Ross, 1978) [12]
  • Ross, John F. Handbook for Radio Engineering Managers (Butterworths, 1980) [13]
  • Ross, John F. Radio Broadcasting Know-how, 75 Years of Improvement in Australia 1923–1998 (J. F. Ross, 1998) [14]
  • Shawsmith, Alan. Halcyon Days, The Story of Beginner Radio in VK4, Queensland (Boolarong Publications, 1987) [15]
  • Umback, Rick. Constituting Australia’s Worldwide Wi-fi Service: 1901-1922 (Rick Umback, 1916, Canberra) On-line (PhD. thesis, concentrate on Beam Wi-fi and its origins with emphasis on wi-fi telegraphy period, detailed evaluation)
  • United States, Navy Division, Bureau of Steam Engineering. Checklist of wi-fi telegraph stations of the world, 1912 (Authorities Printing Workplace, 1912) On-line
  • Walker, R. R. The Magic Spark: 50 Years of Radio in Australia (Hawthorn Press, 1973) [16]
  • White, Thomas H. Early Radio Station Lists Issued by the U.S. Authorities (Web site) On-line (contains HTMLs of all identified copies of Wi-fi Telegraph Stations of the World 1906 to 1912 with, inter alia, lists of service provider ship and shore station callsigns)
  • Wi-fi Institute of Australia (editor Wolfenden, Peter). Wi-fi Males & Ladies at Warfare (Wi-fi Institute of Australia, Melbourne, 2017) [17]

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