Awarua - Communications museumAwarua - Communications museum
Awarua communications museum

Welcome to the Awarua communications museum website

The Awarua Communications Museum is situated  on the original site of The Awarua Marine Radio halfway between Invercargill and Bluff on SH1. The aim is to tell the story of Awarua Radio, to detail the history of telecommunications in Southland and to preserve and restore material associated with Awarua Radio.

Awarua Radio was New Zealand's main receiving and transmitting station providing worldwide morse  communications with ships at sea.  It was operational from December 1913 until 1992.  The museum is a work in progress.

A  replica of a Victorian theatre is currently  being created  and there is one small display room.  The next stage of the museum development includes an education centre.

The Awarua area itself is gaining an international reputation once again as an area suitable  for communications technology, with the Unwin radar already  on the site  and  The European Space  Agency-commissioned Awarua tracking station, which opened in 2008, also in the Awarua area.

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