Eastern Telegraph Company

Scope and Content

This collection consists of secretariat created by the Eastern Telegraph Company.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Eastern Telegraph Company was founded in 1872. Its chairman was John Pender and the managing director was Sir James Anderson.

By 1883 the company operated 44 stations, had 18,334 miles of cables, owned 946 land lines and leased 1,812 others. It operated transatlantic cables to North and South America, as well as cables to Europe, Africa, the Middle and Far East, and Australasia.


This collection is arranged by business function.

Access Information

Available for research at BT Group Archives, see www.bt.com/archives .

Acquisition Information

These records were transferred by the Post Office Archives between 1 June 1991 and 30 April 1992.

Other Finding Aids

Full catalogues for BT Group Archives can be searched at www.bt.com/archivesonline .