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Biographical entry Cracknell, William John (1832 - 1896)

Born
1832
London, United Kingdom
Died
1896
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Electrical engineer and Telegraphic engineer

Summary

William Cracknell was a pioneer telegraphic engineer, and from 1863 was Superintendent of Electric Telegraphs in Queensland, a position he held until he resigned in 1880. During this period he had responsibility for establishing and enhancing the telegraph systems throughout Queensland, increasing the number of Telegraph Stations from 8 to 148, and establishing the first telephone exchange. In 1878, with a minor threat of war in Europe, he was also appointed Captain of a newly formed Torpedo and Signal Corp. During this same period, William's brother E. C. Cracknell was Telegraph Superintendent for New South Wales.

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Events

- 1888
Career event - Member (MSTE), Society of Telegraph Engineers , London
1888 - 1896
Career event - Member (MIEE), Institution of Electrical Engineers, London

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Ken McInnes