Wireless Hill Museum

Discover the former Applecross Wireless Station and its role in connecting Perth to Eastern Australia and the world.

Discover the former Applecross Wireless Station and its role in connecting Perth to Eastern Australia and the world.

For the past one hundred years Wireless Hill has played an important role in Western Australia’s history. From 1912 the station was used for telecommunications and was one of Australia’s first links with radio technology.  It provided one an important link for Perth, one of the most remote cities in the world.

Using Morse Code, the telecommunication station communicated with ships off the Australian coast using a mast 112 metres tall. The station also connected Perth with the eastern seaboard, London, Antarctic bases and the rest of the world.  Applecross Wireless Station became a feeder station for international radiograms, weather reports, news bulletins and press reports.

In 1968 the station was vacated and the land was brought by the City of Melville and is now a public reserve and museum. The Wireless Hill Station is on the Western Australian Register of Heritage Places.

Vision 2020 and the Wireless Hill Interpretation Plan, prepared for the City of Melville, both highlight the need to address the sustainability of the Telecommunications Museum and associated collection as well as the best use of the heritage site. The museum is currently undergoing refurbishment alongside the upgrade of the parks recreation facilities, natural bushland, and recognition of Indigenous and built heritage. The museum will re-open in May 2015.

 

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