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Published May 24th 2017
Learn about our state's early communication methods
Most readers may not remember telegrams, or the early phones, early mobile phones (commonly known as bricks) and the old public phone systems, but many historical items of Queensland's telecommunication history are on show at the Telstra Museum at Clayfield.
Marconi at Telstra Museum
The Museum is run by volunteers from the Postal Telecommunications Historical Society of Queensland, who are very happy to take visitors on a guided walk through the historical collection.
Now, before you pack the family into the car and run off to see the Museum, please note that it is only open on Wednesdays, however, if you are organising a group or school visit, you may be able to negotiate another time.
It is on busy Sandgate Road at Clayfield (on the corner of Oriel Road), and there is parking nearby, including onsite parking for buses.
While the Museum is relatively small, it is full of great memorabilia and stories of the development of communications going right back to the 1800s.
Old Public Phone Box
There are machines that were used to send messages in Morse Code – and they are still working, telephones from 1878 onwards, old switchboards, teleprinters and telex machines. Many items are in working order and the Volunteers are happy to help create an unforgettable experience delving into this great history, with their tales and the opportunity to see the exhibits working.
It is open on Wednesdays between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm, and a gold coin donation will get you in.
Great memories Di. My first 'mobile' was wired into the car so it was only mobile when the car was moving. And I remember the old red phone box calls when you would be disconnected when you ran out of coins. I'm glad they are just memories, now that technology has brought us into the 21st Century. Great article. We should never lose sight of how far we've come.