DEVELOPING COMMUNICATIONS: RADIO AND AVIATION - Shire of Melton Heritage
Study (by David Moloney)
Melton is a large outer suburb to the west of Melbourne, and is located on
the western and north-western plains.
"Aviation and radio were the marvels of the early twentieth century.
Isolated Australia, in its struggle against the tyranny of distance, was in
the vanguard of many pioneering achievements in long-distance international
aviation and radio. Melbourne's western and north-western plains facilitated
communications of all sorts, and quickly became a centre for these emerging
communications technologies in Australia. They provided the setting for
pioneering flights; establishment of civil and military airports; and early
broad and beam radio transmission and reception, both for civil and defence
purposes. The Shire of Melton played a significant part in these
Australia's first SW station, VK3ME, was located at nearby Braybrook.
The Project, which has many fascinating photos, may be downloaded from
Regards from Melbourne!