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WALES TO WAHROONGA

FIRST WIRELESS MESSAGE CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

22nd September 2018

VK100MARCONI QSL Card QSL card of the special event station, VK100MARCONI
AWA Commemorative Poster A picture of the commemorative Poster put out by AWA to mark the 22 September 1918 event. The original poster artwork is mounted in a frame and hangs in Lucania, the home of Fisk at the time, and is listed as a protected, heritage item and must remain at the Wahroonga property as part of the heritage listing of the former Fisk home.
Guglielmo Marconi Guglielmo Marconi
Ernest Fisk Sir Ernest Fisk

In the Northern Welsh town of Waunfawr on a cool and overcast night, the Australian Prime Minister William Morris Hughes outlined a message for Senatore Guglielmo Marconi to send to Australia by wireless. It was Sunday 22nd September 1918 and the Prime Minister had just returned from the battlefields in Europe.

This was to be the first direct wireless message sent from the United Kingdom to Australia and the recipient was Mr Ernest Thomas Fisk who had an experimental wireless station in the attic of “Lucania“; his residence at the corner of Stuart and Cleveland Streets in Wahroonga. Since that historic day, a monument has been erected at the corner of the two streets, unveiled in December 1935, when the former Prime Minister, Mr ‘Billy’ Hughes, addressed the assembly and Marchese Marconi also spoke by wireless from Paris in France.

On Saturday 22nd September 2018, there will be centenary celebrations at the monument. At 1pm ‘The Ku-ring-gai Male Choir’ will sing the Welsh and Australian anthems and at 1.15pm the original Morse code message will be heard by all present and a Radio Operator will decipher the message which will then be read to the gathering, including Fisk family members, Politicians, local Councillors, Ku-ring-gai residents, wireless enthusiasts and historians.

The assembly will then move to St Andrew’s church hall across Cleveland Street where further celebrations will take place. There will be many displays including old and new wireless equipment, radio stations operated by “Hornsby and District Amateur Radio Club” with a special callsign VK100MARCONI for the occasion and official stamps to commemorate the day as well as refreshments (at small charge). These displays will be open from 11am to 4pm in the church hall and everybody is welcome to attend.

To assist with the celebrations at the monument and the church hall there will be road closures in the area. Car parking will be available in nearby streets.

We hope to see you all there on Saturday 22nd September.

The special event station VK100MARCONI will be activated during centenary day and for one month after.

Direct QSLs to HADARC, PO Box 362 Hornsby NSW 1630.

QSLs within Australia to include a SASE for return card

Overseas QSL requests to include 3 green stamps (or equivalent).

Cards without SASE or green stamps will be returned via the buro.

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