1912: Post Office takes over Pennant Hills station

The Argus (Melbourne), 21 August 1912, p 13


The wireless station at Pennant Hills, near Sydney, which has been erected for the Commonwealth Government by the Australasian Wireless Company Ltd. was yesterday handed over to the control of the Postmaster General. The company will be required to keep the station in order for three months, but as the plant has passed tests imposed by the Commonwealth expert Mr Balsillie it is anticipated that no alterations will be required.

Much delay was caused in the construction of the station, the contract price for which was £4,150. A site was selected in Sydney but as it was found unsuitable, the location at Pennant Hills was chosen and the contract price increased by £2,000. Further delay ensued in completing the sending and durability tests.

In accordance with the notice given some time ago by the Postmaster-General, the private station at the Hotel Australia, Sydney will be closed, and all public business in wireless telegraphy will be carried on through Pennant Hills.

It is anticipated that the tests at the Fremantle wireless station, which was built by the same company, will be completed shortly, when control will be assumed by the Postmaster-General.


BRISBANE. Tuesday. The Commonwealth wireless expert (Mr. Balsillie) arrived in Brisbane from the south last night, and this morning visited the wireless station, which is now nearing completion, at Pinkenba. Mr G. Scott has been appointed officer in charge, and the staff will include four assistants.

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