Australian Bugs

Australia has produced some of the most interesting bug designs. Some bugs like the Simplex Auto operate at right angles like the Mecograph. The Pendograph has a vertical pendulum. And then there's the Automorse, one of the most complicated bugs around, that has 3 levers !

For more pictures and information about Australian bugs, please visit Ron McMullen's Australian Telegraph Office Pages.

(Click on the pictures below to see larger versions of the photo)

 

Simplex Auto

The Simplex Auto was a right angle bug made by Leo G. Cohen of Melbourne.

 

 

The Automorse

Made by the Hitchcox Brothers of Adelaide around 1920. Visually the most impressive bug around, the Triple Lever Automorse had a lever for automatic dots, one for manual dashes, and a third to produce automatic dashes. It is quite a difficult key to master !

 

 

Pendograph

Made by MacDonald of Adelaide. Has an upright pendulum. Actually quite smooth to operate.

 

 

Piergraph

Made in the 1920's By Robley & Tough. A Double lever bug.

 

 

Double Lever Simplex

 

A double lever Simplex bug, not unlike the American Melehan Valiant .

 

 

BMR Codemaster

The B.M.R. Codemaster Bug made by B.M.R. Products, New South Wales. Very similar looking to the Simplex Auto.

 

 

Levenson Radio Bug

 

 

Buzza Bug Model 100

 

 

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