The Victorian Government says it has no plans to build a telegraph park, after a telegram garden was recently revealed on a suburban street.
Key points:The Victorian Government said the telegraph was in a good condition in the Victorian State Library, and was able to be maintained and used as it shouldThe Victorian State Libraries and the Victorian Government have a joint Victorian Telegraph Garden (VTEG)The Victorian government says it would welcome the opportunity to have a telex garden for telegraph usersIn a statement, the Victorian government said the Victorian National Library had recently published a letter from the late Lord Mountbatten, who served as Minister for Communications during the Victorian Labor government.
The letter, dated June 6, 1921, said that a telegraphing system in use by the Government in 1851 was in an excellent condition, and that the telegrams were being delivered on time.
The VTEG, which is named after the Victorian state government, is part of the Victorian telegraph system.
The Victorian Department of Libraries and Archives said the letter showed the Government’s commitment to the telegram.
“It is in the interest of Victorian and national public interest that the Victorian NT Government should undertake a project to provide a textaped garden for the public, in the manner in which it has been maintained since 1921,” the statement said.
“Such a project would be a major undertaking and would require a large amount of funding, including funding from the NT Government.”
The statement said the project would involve a major restoration and would be completed by the end of the year.
“The VTOG will be a central part of a larger, multi-faceted project to restore and modernise the Victorian Telegraphers Garden,” the government said.
The VTAG is the Victorian branch of the NT National Telegraph and Telegraph Garden, which was created in 1991 to provide support for the NT’s national and regional telegraph systems.
In 2015, the NT government announced it would spend $15 million on the VTAG.
The project has been described as “a historic and monumental undertaking” by the NT Department of Heritage and Heritage Protection.