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Cobb and Co mail and passenger coach, 1890s

This is an Australian horsedrawn Cobb and Co mail and passenger coach made in 1890 by Cobb and Co Coach and Buggy Factory in Charleville, Queensland. The body of the coach is wooden with no glass in the doors or windows. One half of the coach has been restored and repainted in the New South Wales Cobb and Co livery of red ...


Royal Mail coach, c1880

This is a horse-drawn Royal Mail stage coach with seating for the driver and up to 17 passengers. It has the words 'COBB & Co.' and 'ROYAL MAIL' painted on the lower side body panels and the words 'MELBOURNE-BENDIGO' along the top rail above the doors. The coach has an Australian pattern and 'thorough-brace' suspension. ...


Kelly family outside their general store and post office, Mentone, 1899

This is a sepia photograph featuring the Kelly family in 1889 standing by the verandah of Kelly's General Store and Mentone Post Office, which was located opposite Mentone railway station in Como Parade West.


Personal letter from W C Wentworth to his father, 1805

This personal letter was written by William Charles Wentworth from London on 14 July 1805 to his father, D'Arcy Wentworth, who was then a surgeon on Norfolk Island. It comprises cream-coloured textured paper with faded ink handwriting on both sides. It is addressed to 'Mr Wentworth, Norfolk Island, New South Wales' and ...


Bleriot XI monoplane, 1914

This is a wood, canvas and metal monoplane designed by Louis Bleriot (1872-1936). It is a shoulder-wing, single-seat aircraft and features a body of simple box-girder construction with diagonal wire-bracing and a bamboo tail skid. The wings are also simple with centre kingposts above and below for the bracing and warp wires. ...

Interactive Resource

Languages online: Indonesian section 18: writing letters

This set of four interactive activities from the Languages online resource introduces students to the words, culturally appropriate expressions and structures required to address envelopes correctly and write simple letters, including letters to penpals. Also included is practice in identifying the postal address of letters ...

Moving Image

So much space and freedom for a special postie

Gaye Nichols has a very cool job. She delivers mail to people living in a remote region of western New South Wales. Join Gaye as she travels from Wilcannia to Ivanhoe and find out why she is one of the most important people in the Central Darling Shire.


Australia Post - Onward Speed, 1970: Secretaries and executives

This clip from a humorous instructional film made in 1970 by Fred Schepisi teaches secretaries and executives how to improve internal efficiencies in handling business mail. In the clip two actors (siblings Jon and Rhonda Finlayson) play multiple roles that caricature female secretaries and male executives. The actors demonstrate ...


Australia Post – This is the Mail, 1966: Computer coding

This black-and-white clip shows the mechanised and computer-controlled mail-sorting process at the newly opened Redfern Mail Exchange, focusing in particular on its innovative system of computer coding that determined the path an item of mail would take. Lines of female operators observe items of mail and operate keys to ...


'The back of beyond' - asset 2

This is a still from the famous 1954 Shell Film Unit documentary film 'The back of beyond', showing a mail truck driving along Cooper Crossing, 203 kilometres north of Marree on the Birdsville Track.


Correspondence school lessons arriving in 1946

This is a 1946 black-and-white photograph showing a group of two adults and four children ranging in age from infancy to late teens looking at materials, probably delivered by the man sitting in a horse-drawn sulky. The group on the right are examining what appears to be a school book. The man in the sulky is looking at ...


Yorketown Post Office technology

This is a black-and-white photograph probably taken early in the 20th century inside the Yorketown Post Office in South Australia. It shows three men: one is using a typewriter, one identified as Tom Spender is using a morse key, and the third man is using a telephone at a small exchange.


Ipswich Post Office switchboard in the 1950s

This is a 1950s black-and-white photograph of a manual telephone exchange at the Ipswich Post Office in Queensland. It shows four women operators at the exchange board and a male supervisor or manager.


'Sutton's Royal Mail' truck at Isisford in 1910

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a truck bearing the words 'SUTTON'S ROYAL MAIL' outside the Edward's Club Hotel in Isisford in Queensland in 1910. Five men are sitting in the truck, three men and a young girl are posed at the front of the truck, and three men at the back. A further five men are watching the ...


Scenes of Perth in 1929

This is an excerpt from the silent black-and-white documentary 'The golden west' filmed in 1929. A highly decorated intertitle, 'Perth, the city of prosperity and peace.' leads into six scenes, which show buildings and street scenes in the centre of Perth, Western Australia.


A young postal worker on a bicycle, 1936

This is a black-and-white photograph of a uniformed New South Wales junior postal officer who delivered telegrams on his bicycle.


A telecommunications advertisement in 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph of a display in the window of a Brisbane telegraph office. A large advertisement encourages people to 'Save MONEY - ADDRESS YOUR TELEGRAMS TO A TELEPHONE ADDRESS - Save TIME'.


General Post Office, Brisbane, c1886

This is a black-and-white illustration of the General Post Office in Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, c1886. It shows some people outside the building, and others travelling past in a double-decker horse-drawn tram.


Gympie Post Office, Duke Street, 1933

This is a black-and-white photograph of the township of Gympie in Queensland in 1933. A handwritten caption on the photograph reads '34 Duke St., showing Post Office, Gympie'. There is a bus in the street with a caption on it indicating that the bus service went from Gympie to Monkland.


A Cobb and Co coach, c1909

This is a black-and-white photograph of a Cobb and Co coach in Yuleba, Queensland, taken in 1909 or 1910, fully laden with passengers and mail. It shows Arthur Senyard, manager of the Cobb and Co depot at Yuleba, at the left of the photograph, and Sergeant Joyce, the Yuleba Police Sergeant, at the right of the photograph. ...