In 2017 Fairlynch Museum will be mounting an exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of former resident Vice Admiral
George William Preedy CB (1817-1894). In 1858 Preedy was Captain of HMS Agamemnon which laid the British half of the first successful Atlantic telegraph cable from Ireland to Newfoundland.
The Fairlynch exhibition, titled ‘Admiral Preedy and the Victorian Internet’, is being staged in an important year for Devon historians.
In the first two weeks of April 2017, the Devonshire Association, working with the Devon Family History Society, is celebrating
nearly 600 years of contact and interaction between Devon and Newfoundland.
Although the celebration will be county-wide, the main events will take place in Exeter (supported by both Devon County Council and
the Royal Albert Memorial Museum) and in Bideford (a port with strong historic Newfoundland connections).
The exhibition at Fairlynch Museum is planned to run from Good Friday (14 April), when the Museum opens to the public, to 29 October 2017. It will focus on Preedy’s naval career and command of HMS Agamemnon in 1858. It will also explain the challenges of laying submarine telegraph cables and the revolution in communications which this technology - the Victorian Internet - brought about to
benefit commerce and the British Empire.
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