History of Australian telecommunications

A seemingly dry, technical paper from 1937 in the Telecommunications Journal of Australia offers much broader interest following the popularity of the 2010 film ‘The King’s Speech’.

The King's Speech, History of Australian telecommunications, TJA

Two papers from the Telecommunications Journal of Australia in 1956 and 1960 respectively. The first provides an overview of public telephone cabinets in Australia and the second describes the state of the art, aluminium public telephone cabinet.

History of Australian telecommunications, public telephones

A 1945 technical paper from the Telecommunications Journal of Australia is revisited that describes the timing and signalling equipment used at the Melbourne Observatory between 1853 and 1945. The equipment was used to provide the Victorian Time Signal Service for over ninety years.

History of Australian telecommunications, time signal service

Four historical vignettes are provided from the period 1875 to 1880 from the Proceedings of the Telegraph Electrical Society of Victoria – the lineal antecedent of today’s TelSoc (Australian Telecommunications Society).

History of electrical telegraphy, Kelly Gang, History of telecommunications

An unusual historic paper from 1966 where the Post Master General’s Headquarters Lines Section collaborated with the Department of the Army to subject aluminium distribution cabinets to ballistics testing ahead of possible rural deployment.

History, Distribution cabinets, TJA

Australia's first cellular mobile service was launched 30 years ago. This paper describes the business and political environment surrounding the launch, and the early evolution of the service.
 

Australian telecommunications, mobile communications, Telecom Australia
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