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Telegraph Relay - Non-Polarized, circa 1920 Object Reg. No: ST 025542

Relay used at telegraph receiving stations, particularly those operating on long connecting lines. Often signals received over long lines were too weak to operate the receiving instruments directly so the relay served as a very sensitive switch to connect a local battery to the receiving instruments.

This type of relay was used by the Australian Post Office in the 1920s.
Wooden baseboard. Relay with two horizontal coils on metal baseplate fitted to on end of baseboard. Baseboard also carries junction box to which is connected cable approximately1.6 m long fiited with plug with two jacks. Connecting wires beneath baseboard lead from relay to where another component was fitted but which is now missing.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John Thompson, 1915
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 118 mm (Height), 200 mm (Width), 313 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: electrical relays, telegraphy
Themes this item is part of: J.J. Thompson - donor of telegraph objects to the Museum, Telegraphy Collection, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Telegraphy
Tertiary Classification: components
Inscriptions: Relay is marked:
"SERIAL NO. 4001E"
Past Owner: Mr John Thompson, Armadale, Victoria, Australia, 27 Apr 1915

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