Telstra Museum

Telstra Museum

This museum contains a comprehensive collection of telecommunications equipment dating from the late 1880s to the present. This includes displays relevant to telephones, switchboards (telephone exchange and business), Morse code, and teleprinters (Telex machines). Under each of these categories we have working examples which visitors are welcome to operate if they so desire, and all our guides have expertise in this equipment dating back to their working days. In fact the experience of these guides between them covers just about all aspects of PMG/Telecom/Telstra and Australia Post operations since the early 1940s.

Address: 
3 Oriel Road, Cnr Sandgate Road, Clayfield, QLD
Tel: 
0738622958
Hours: 
9am-2pm Wednesdays, other times by arrangement
Admission: 
Free
Facilities: 
Guided tours, several "hands-on" displays, schools welcome (bookings essential), brochures and theatrette planned
Collection: 
Telephones: Comprehensive collection of telephones from 1890's to present day. Telegraphy: From Morse Code to machine telegraphy, including the Telex service. Other: Ancillary equipment relating to above. Technical publications relevant to much of the collection.
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Items

Water Cooled Radio, Transmitter Valve

STC Water Cooled Triode

STC Water Cooled Triode
Creator:
STC, UK
Description:
High power radio valve using circulating water for cooling

Used by national broadcasting service (A.B.C Radio). Especially in short wave transmitters.

Multiplex Machine Telegraph

Murray Multiplex

Murray Multiplex
Creator:
Donald Murray (New Zealand) - components made by several manufacturers
Description:
Mechanical time division system providing up to four channels per direction over one telegraph line. Greatly increased capacity on lines with heaviest telegram traffic. Last used 1955; still working. Also on display - progression of Morse equipment which was the only telegraph system in use before the Murray
Date:
1924

PABX Switching Unit

Forty line SE50 - step by step switching unit

Forty line SE50 - step by step switching unit
Creator:
Tel ., UK.
Description:
Automatic switching unit used in business and industrial premises
Date:
1950s

Typical step by step equipment as used in public exchanges as well as business. We have 12 telephones connected to this unit, all working. This is one of 8 working switchboards or exchanges we have

Teleprinter

Creed 7B

Creed 7B
Creator:
Creed and Co., U.K
Description:
First telegraph machine in Australia available to businesses. In Post Office use for telegrams until mid 1970s (shown with cover removed)
Date:
1930's

This service led to the introduction of the Telex service which provided first manual, later automatic switching, of telegraph. This machine can be connected to other Telex machines for demonstrations.

Telephone Handset

Magneto Table Telephone Handset

Magneto Table Telephone Handset
Creator:
Ericcson
Description:
Early example of amalgamation of mouthpiece and receiver as one unit
Date:
1890's

Previously all telephones were wall mounted with microphone fixed to it. User had to stand to use phone