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This is the sign. Show a special program called a wire around the world how something that preceded. The Internet one hundred and fifty two years this ago changed the strategy completely with me. Is Julian. Todd would you please introduce yourself and say what you have to do with Charles Todd. The father of the wire around the world. Surcharges is my great grandfather. And we have a Cisco Centennial One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary of the completion of the line. Coming up in twenty twenty two and as part of that celebration I intend to follow in my great great grandfather's footsteps. He on horseback traveled the entire length of the telegraph line. And this is through territory. which which then was by Europeans anyway completely unexplored unexplored? We didn't know if there was a great inland sea. Didn't it it was wooded. They didn't know how much does it. There was just as importantly perhaps more importantly the had no idea that was water burke and wills in in the early eighteen sixty s and unsuccessfully transfers the continent McDonald's Stewart had only just made it back to Adelaide having crossed the continent. Yeah but that was ten years earlier and to embark on what was probably the largest and most difficult infrastructure project in the eighteen hundreds hundreds and do it in a time pressure with liquidated damages being impacted by the British Reading Telegraph Company. If they didn't complete the line and competing against Queensland and New South Wales both wanted to build the line as opposed to South Australia was an enormous challenge challenge but an enormous success and of course they were headed to something. We now called Alice Springs and Charles. Todd was followed to a straight S.. We'll here in a minute by Alice. Alice was your great great grandmother. She was Alice. Bell brought up in Cambridge and As a twelve year old Shea said I will follow you Charles as an eighteen year old bleeding before she was nineteen. She married SA- Charles Todd and he was then an astronomer in Cambridge and Greenwich and she followed into the end of the world. And if it weren't for that you wouldn't success now. Let's listen to the program. It was made in fact in two thousand five by Paul Davis the astronomer and physicist who is then professor of physics at the university Abed laid. And Paul Newman. Who worked for the science unit? Let's listen to the program around the world. The beginning of.