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Secret Codes and The Cable Girls of The West Block


Thu 23 Nov 2017, 12:30pm–2:00pm

Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV), A'Beckett Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Join historical archaeologist and Canberra Historical Society councillor, Dr Peter Dowling, for a lecture about the “Cable Girls”. The “Cable Girls” were a group of encoding and decoding young women housed in a small, innocuous building in Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle during World War II.

Located in the West Block, this building currently acts as an electricity substation and bicycle parking area. But during the Second World War, this small building, which was tucked away behind the Prime Minister’s Department, was occupied by a group of young women working on the top-secret encryption and decryption of government cables. They called themselves the “Cable Girls” and the building, “The Bunker”.

Dr Peter Dowling will tell the story of this building and its young staff who played a vital but highly secretive part in Australia’s war effort. This talk is all about top secret communications, encrypting and decrypting and the work done by the group of young women who were responsible for deciphering communications cables between Prime Minister Curtin and Prime Minister Churchill.

The talk will explain the methods of encoding used and detail the quarrel between the two Prime Ministers during the first weeks of 1942. The talk will also introduce one young woman called Nancy who left a record of her time in the small building supervising its operations.

RHSV members free.

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