Louisa Margaret DUNKLEY
Also known as: née Dunkley, Louisa Margaret Kraegen
Born: 28 May 1866
Died: 10 March 1927Special Achievements:
By the 1870s many women doubled as postmistress and telegraph operator in country areas but were paid less than men, a situation Louisa Dunkley fought to change when she established the Victorian Women's Post and Telegraph Association, Australia's first separate union for women, in 1900.
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Carl Wilhelm Immanuel Kraegen – Appointed Stationmaster, Port Darwin Line.
Operators were appointed to the Port Darwin Line (OTL) but worked at which ever telegraph station they were required.
Carl Kraegen should have been the first Stationmaster at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station (ASTS) but perished during the harsh journey.
… The sorrowful party buried Kraegen, put a railing round his grave and engraved a piece of tin which they nailed to a board for a headstone. …
In 1926 while Kraegen’s son Edward, searched unsuccessfully for his father’s grave he met a travelling missionary who later found the site and sent the directions and a photograph to Edward. Following this information, Kraegen’s grandson Frank Kraegen, OBE, and great grandson John, found the burial place in 1962.
Kraegen’s grave was restored in 1964 by technical assistant A. Michael Sahariv, Department of Lands and Surveys, NTA.