Eastern's Cape to Glenelg cable - main page.

The Cape to Glenelg cable linked Durban at the Cape in South Africa to Mauritius, Rodriguez, Cocos Islands and Fremantle and thence across the Great Australian Bight to Adelaide.

The cable was constructed - after prolonged and vigorous negotiations - by the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company. It was completed in February 1902.

The details of any aspect of this cable can be referenced by clicking on the appropriate hyperlink below:

  1. background details of the proposal;
  2. influence of the Boer War;
  3. the role of the Cape to Glenelg cable versus the Pacific Cable;
  4. the route north to England;
  5. the route to Western Australia;
  6. the South Australian cable;
  7. Cocos Islands mail;
  8. rates charged.