Geelong Telegraph Station
Working Heritage acknowledges that the Geelong Telegraph Station is situated on the land of the Wadawurrung People and that the building’s history is inextricably tied to the area’s history of colonisation and dispossession. The building is situated on land that is viewed as Crown Land by the State and unceded Country by the Wadawurrung. For the Wadawurrung, colonisation had a devastating impact on all aspects of their life including culture, language and traditions. While much of the consequences of this history are still being felt, the ongoing work of the Wadawurrung People is a testament to the cultural strength and resilience that has aided their survival. It is Working Heritage’s intent to confront the reality of colonisation and make genuine steps towards reconciliation.
Geelong Telegraph Station was built in 1857-8 following the establishment of a telegraph line between Melbourne and Geelong and was the centre of communications in the district. The property shares a link to Corio Bay’s maritime history through its recognisable timeball – once released at 1pm every day to enable the people of Geelong, and shipmasters in the harbour, to get an accurate time reading.
Working Heritage began managing Geelong Telegraph Station in 2006 and has since undertaken extensive conservation of the building’s significant Barrabool freestone masonry.
The building is currently used by the Geelong Arts Centre as offices.
Visiting the Site
The interior of the building is currently closed for visitation.