London: William Brown & Co., 1875. Ephemera. The telegram preprinted form in red, with message in black, sent from San Francisco to Russell Co., Hong Kong stating "Inform Foster arrived well. Martha Foster Sanfrancisco (sic). With a note that it was received in Manilla Aug 10th. Also a notation that the message was 10 words.
When direct communication between Australia, the East and New Zealand and the rest of the world via telegraph which became possible by 1872, the economic, social and political future exploded with promise. No longer did the East rely on a system of communication which sometimes required a year or more for news to be delivered. In 1873 three British companies, the British India Extension Telegraph Company, the British Australian Telegraph Company and the China Submarine Telegraph Company combined to form the Eastern Extension; its first major cable project was laid between Australia and New Zealand in 1876. The company maintained its monopoly on international cables within Australia until 1902.
1pp, 9x11", preprinted form with manuscript additions. Old folds, slight ruffling at top margin, with some light dusting on a couple of panels. Very good overall. Item #24258