Telegraph Station

Beechworth’s home of Morse Code

Built in 1858, the Telegraph Station, one of a suite of beautifully preserved Gold Era buildings which make up the Beechworth Historic & Cultural Precinct, once linked the town to the outside world through the medium of Morse Code. 

This revolutionary new communications tool was the Internet of its day, enabling fast delivery of messages and news, including famously, the Kelly Gang siege at Glenrowan transmitted from this building.

Today, the building remains one of the busiest telegraph offices in the world, supported by the international Morse Code Fraternity. With the help of our Morse code experts, visitors to the building can still send telegraphic messages anywhere in Australia or overseas using this early system of electronic communication.

The building is also home to the pioneering work of the early surveyors who planned the well laid out streetscape of Beechworth and other surrounding towns. Exhibits of the tools of the profession are available for viewing and visitors can experience first-hand the operations of theodolites and surveying chains.

Visitors can view the excellent audio-visual experience that recreates Beechworth’s development following the arrival of the first settlers as well as the Oral History Room to hear the recorded voices of local residents giving first-hand accounts of life in the town.

A new exhibition on the Beechworth Railways and Transportation will also enthral train buffs, young and old.

When unmanned this building is accessed with a swipe card obtainable from the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre, Burke Museum or Historic Courthouse.



B U R K E   M U S E U M
Loch Street Beechworth 3747
Phone 03 5728 8067 | email burke_museum@indigoshire.vic.gov.au
Open 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm) daily except Christmas Day