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A telegraph line across the continent, 2007

This video clip looks at the story of the struggle to cross a vast continent and build the telegraph line that would bring Australia to the world and the world to Australia. 'A telegraph line across the continent' is an excerpt from the film 'A Wire Through the Heart' (55 min), the third episode of the three-part series ...

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Exploring education and training pathways

Trace the career path of a telecommunications technician. Look at the steps she took to achieve her goals. For example, she did a VET course at school and chose subjects linked to a career path in electrotechnology. Answer questions about career planning such as the scope of a New Apprenticeship.


Women working in a telephone exchange, 1929

This is a black-and-white photograph of four women operating the telephone exchange at the Adelaide Railway Station, South Australia, on 23 August 1929. The women sit on adjustable stools with back supports and foot rails. They all wear headphones over their short hair, or hair worn up, and plug lines into sockets on boards ...


Australia Post - E-Post, 1985

This clip shows the E-Post logo to introduce an Australia Post news release about the introduction of a state-of-the-art postal service that used computers to speed up the delivery of messages. The new service is explained using footage that includes electronic hardware, an express courier, a suburban map and a postal worker ...


Australia Post - Letter Writing Venice, 1986: Dear Cathy

This clip shows an Australia Post advertisement. A man sweeps in St Marks Square in Venice as the 'Andante' from Mozart's 'Piano Concerto No 4' plays. An attractive young woman sits at an outdoor café table as a voice-over, the 'voice' of her father, narrates the fond words of the letter she is reading. The camera lingers ...


Australia Post - Changing Times, 1975: The end of an era

This black-and-white television advertisement shows historic images of communications development in Australia prior to 1975, and a narrator informs the Australian public of the creation of two new commissions, Australia Post and Telecom Australia. Early images, including the first Australian stamp and a rural post office, ...


Working at an Overland Telegraph Station

This black-and-white photograph shows telegraphist Arthur Ward sitting at a table in a telegraph station on the Overland Telegraph Line, sending or receiving a message on a morse code telegraph receiver-transmitter. A bright light is focused on his actual workspace in an otherwise dimly lit wood-panelled office. Various ...