2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ericsson supplying telecommunications equipment in Australia. The history of Ericsson in Australia is précised here and the paper entitled “Establishing L M Ericsson Crossbar Production in Australia” is included for historic reference.
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.
Radio telephone surveying at the end of World War 2 was physically challenging, as well as technically demanding. The historic paper describes the extraordinary challenges faced by technical and lines personnel conducting propagation measurements for a radio telephone link from Victoria to Tasmania between 1947 and 1949.
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.
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).
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.
19 February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the first Japanese air raid on Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and its gateway to Asia. The first bombing raid targeted the flotilla of ships in the harbour and key infrastructure such as telecommunications, severing the vulnerable north of Australia from the rest of the country. But the severance was short-lived, thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff of the Postmaster-General’s Department who worked tirelessly under arduous conditions to maintain essential communications between the warfront in the north and the rest of the nation to the south.
A remarkable paper from 1961 demonstrates that the Post Master General’s Department was at the forefront of technological developments concerning radio communications by artificial satellites before the launch of Telstar.
Two historic papers from the Journal in 1969 that provide unique examples of vibration measurements in the field, verify reality and discredit some conventional wisdoms in the field of cable installation.