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The murder that kick-started the communication revolution


  • 30-60 minutes
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In 1845, ex-Australian convict, John Tawell, made history as the first murderer caught using the electric telegraph. This amazing technology, recently nicknamed ‘the Victorian internet’ was struggling to find community support and financial backing – until Tawell was caught by the wires. This talk tells the story of the Jekyll-and-Hyde character at the heart of this sensational story.  

- 30/60 minutes – no equipment necessary but Powerpoint slides are available