Marconi Telegraph Key
Radio Message
(12 Jul 1906)

The first long-distance wireless telegraphy message across water in the Southern Hemisphere (sent over Bass Strait from Devonport, Tasmania to Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia, to demonstrate Marconi's equipment) was a Morse code message from Governor Gerald Strickland of Tasmania to Governor General Northcote of Victoria.

“I tender thanks to your excellency for the first message transmitted to this State by wireless telegraphy, and beg leave to offer congratulations to the Government of the Commonwealth on having encouraged an experiment, which may accelerate the date on which this State’s contribution towards cable subsidies can be diminished. I venture to submit the exceptionally inviting opportunity for further practical tests of wireless telegraphy in everyday work offered by Kind Island, where a progressive community of Tasmanians and Victorians calls attention to its need of communication by the rapidity of its development. Devonport sends felicitations to Queenscliff. We rejoice that we can by this wonderful wireless telegraph tender friendly greetings to you, our neighbour, across the straits.”
— Governor Gerald Strickland of Tasmania

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