History of Communication

Events

Oldest Communication

26,000 bce

Oldest known Indigenous Australian rock art in the Northern Territory

Hieroglyphic Writing

3000 bce

The Egyptians develop hieroglyphic writing.

Homing Pigeons

776 bce

The first recorded use of homing pigeons, used to send messages to the Athenians, announcing the winner of the Olympic Games.

Papyrus Rolls

500 bce

Papyrus rolls made from dried reeds, the precursor to modern paper, are used.

Mirrors

37 bce

The first records indicating Roman Emperor, Tiberius used mirrors to send messages.

Paper

105 ad

Paper as we know it is invented in China.

Clay

1041 ad

Movable type printing (made of clay) is invented in China.

Printing Press

1455 ad

Johannes Gutenberg invents a printing press with movable metal type.

Telegraph

1843

Samuel Morse invents the first long distance electric telegraph line using Morse code.

Electric Telephone

1876

Alexander Graham Bell patents the electric telephone.

Radio Signals

1901

Guglielmo Marconi transmits radio signals from Cornwall to Newfoundland - the first radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean.

Radios with Tuners

1916

The first radios with tuners become available allowing listeners to tune into different stations.

Television

1927

Television broadcasting begins in England.

Computers

1951

Computers are first sold commercially.

Fax Machine

1966

Xerox invents the Telecopier - the first successful fax machine.

Satellite Links

1966

Launch of A Intelsat II, first satellite link between Australia and overseas.

Mobile Phone Network

1979

The first mobile phone communication network starts in Japan.

Fibre-optic Cable

1986

The first fibre-optic cable across the English Channel begins service.

Internet

1994

American government releases control of internet and WWW. is born - making communication travel at light speed.

Optic Fibre

2009

Australia launches a program to install optic fibre nationwide.