In 1860, the first international news service, Reuters, opened its doors in Australia and capitalised on the country’s lack of connectivity; charging the average weekly wage per word for a message from London. Today it’s free to Skype news to friends, family and colleagues anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.
Although expensive, even in the 1860’s vital communication lines were available to ensure people were contactable. Today, due to advances in transportation and communications technology Australia is a much smaller place, making it easier to connect and stay in touch
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