1876 The shore end of the Backstairs Passage was laid successfully on Christmas Day, at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. The telegraph steamer Edinburgh returned to Normanville this afternoon. Seven miles of the Backstairs Passage cable have been laid. The cable starts from half a mile north of Yankalilla jetty, and goes out at right angles for three miles; then curves to Nepean Bay to join the line thirty miles to Cape Borda.

LATER INTERCOLONIAL NEWS. (1876, January 4). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 3. Image from

1908 : The cable has been out of order for some time :

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Photo: Linnett Tourism Brochure, c.1910. Courtesy Anne A'Herran. From State Library SA PRG 280/1/36/362 "Distant view of a steamship delivering telegraph material to Kangaroo Gully Beach, west of Snug Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. " 1923.