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Building the Trans-Australian Railway and telegraph line

Extract from The Commonwealth’s Trans-Australian Railway (1925). 8954, National Film and Sound Archive. This video has no sound

The construction of the Trans-Australian Railway and telegraph line from Port Augusta, South Australia, to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, during the period 1912 to 1917.


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