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Brown wooden wall telephone with a black plastic handset

1999.0013.0057

Brown wooden wall telephone with a black plastic handset

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Physical description

Brown wooden wall telephone with a black plastic handset, a wooden peg and a silver metal dial with numbers and letters. The centre of the dial has "Telephone no. K8M" and "Listen for dial tone". The front of the telephone is hinged at the right and opens. "3818" is carved on the right inner rim, and above this on the lid. The handset has a cupped mouthpiece and there are two red and blue wires protruding from the back of the telephone.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 87 items from the New South Wales historical section of Australia Post. The items range from furnishings that were used for the opening of the Sydney GPO in 1874 to telephones, signs, posters, and postal boxes. The material covers a period of over one hundred years of postal service in Australia.

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