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Eastern Extension Australasia and China Telegraph Co

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Otherwise known as the Eastern Extension Company or the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company

1873 Company incorporated amalgamating the China Submarine Telegraph Co, the North of Europe Telegraph Co and other companies; the new company would take over the Tasmanian Telegraph cable[1]; other companies which were part of the new company were British Indian Extension Telegraph Co and British Australian Telegraph Co[2]

1873 A second cable was laid across the Bay of Biscay, from Porthcurno to Vigo and Carcavelos. These two cables carried traffic from the Eastern Extension and Brazilian Submarine Telegraph Companies and lasted many years.

1884 The Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co manufactured cable for the Eastern Telegraph and Eastern Extension Companies which was laid to connect all the islands of the Grecian Archipelago and in trans-Indian waters. During the year a new ship, the Magneta, was added to the cable fleet of the Eastern Extension Company.[3]

1897 The Spanish Government would subsidise the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company to connect its system to Iloilo, by laying three short cables between Luzon, Pannay, Negros, and Cebu. Extensions of the system had been in the Philippine Islands and in Netherlands Indian territory. There had been duplexing and triplicating of existing cables as well as widening of the area covered by the company.[4]

1900 53rd half-yearly general meeting. A third cable to South Africa would be laid in conjunction with the Eastern Telegraph Co, connecting Durban with Perth and Adelaide[5]

1901 Contracted with Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co for the all-British trans-Pacific cable. The company was aware of the developments by Marconi in wireless transmissions but did not consider them a threat to the company's business[6]

1911 Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co was establishing a series of coastal stations in conjunction with the Eastern Extension Company[7]

1913 Laid a cable from Colombo to Penang; the Eastern Company would lay a cable from Aden to Colombo to connect with it[8]

1928 The communications methods of the British Empire were merged into one operating company because of increasing competition for cable telegraph companies from companies using radio communications. The British Government formed the Imperial and International Communications Ltd to carry out these operations, which incorporated the Eastern Extension Co amongst others[9].


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 24, 1873
  2. The Times May 06, 1873
  3. The Engineer 1885/01/02
  4. The Engineer 1897/04/23
  5. The Times, Apr 26, 1900
  6. The Times, Apr 25, 1901
  7. The Times, Jul 21, 1911
  8. The Times, May 14, 1913
  9. The Times, 2 July 1930