Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station is a fascinating museum that gives an insight into the arduous telecommunications endeavors in this remote part of Australia from the 1800s. Built in 1884, the station was originally called the Flint Cliff Telegraph Station and was an important link in the telegraph line connecting Western Australia between Perth and Roeburne. This system played a vital role in the national communications system until the late 1950s, when the introduction of the public telex system left it no longer required.
The station was an important transport location that acted as a landing point for cargo vessels well before roads were built in the area. Wool was transported by camel trains from the nearby farms and stations before being loaded onto boats and shipped to Perth. The museum contains many old relics, photographs, and information signs which tell the story of the development of the area from the 1800s until the present day.
The museum also educates visitors about the nearby Hamelin Pool stromatolites, said to be one of Earth’s oldest life forms. There is a small section in the museum which contains a living stromatolite.
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At the site there is a caravan park, cafe and small shop selling gifts, food and drinks. It is well worth visiting the Hamelin Pool stromatolites which are found a short walk from the Telegraph Station.