Messages by New Pathways

Today we can contact people around the globe in seconds. But how did humans learn to transcribe thought and language? In Australia, the first nations used sophisticated messaging protocols to interact across social boundaries. It took two years before Governor Arthur Phillip's first dispatches to London bore fruit, with the arrival of Lady Juliana at Sydney Cove. In 1872 the telegraph linked Australian to the world. Douglas Mawson took wireless radio to Antarctica. During WWI, the ANZACs built communications amidst the chaos of the trenches. Radio was a hit in the 1920s, and Australia's 'dishes' were important during the Apollo 13 emergency.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Burke, K, The Stamp of Australia: the story of our mail - from Second Fleet to twenty-first century, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, 2009.
  • Mozley, Anne, Clear across Australia: A history of telecommunications, Nelson, 1984.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction – communications today
  • The development of cuneiform and writing, The first nations- sophisticated communication protocols, 1788: First news from Botany Bay: the lengthy path of dispatches from Governor Philip back to London, and the race to get supplies to the struggling penal colony.
  • Early mail systems (from 1809) and the arrival of the telegraph from the 1850s (examples of early letters/ the ‘race for the news’ prior to the telegraph, when boats would race out to arriving ships to get scoops from overseas), Sir Douglas Mawson takes wireless radio to the edge – Antarctica (1911-13), WWI – chaos in the trenches (the role of signallers in theory and reality), The arrival of radio – the golden age of the radio in Australia, 1920s to 1950s.
  • The space race – Australia's role with space communications and the Apollo missions (focus on Apollo 13), Search and rescue – the development of communications at land and sea, The internet arrives in Australia – the 1990s, The world of instant communications - 2022 and beyond

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the changes brought by new communication technologies to Australian society, especially during the 20th century
  2. Identify how Australia has adopted and promoted new technologies, such as telegram, wireless and radio
  3. Participate in debate and conversation about the ways in which communication in different fields of Australian social life, including entertainment, social life, business and during emergencies
$113 Limited / $102

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27 Aug

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