The "PMG" stamp can still be found on many
covers, such as this one in central
Postmaster-General's Department (PMG) of Australia was created at federation of Australia in 1901 to take over all postal and telegraphic services within Australia from the states and administer them on a national basis. The head of the Department was the Postmaster-General, which held the rank of Minister.
In mid-1975 the department was disaggregated into the
Australian Telecommunications Commission (trading as Telecom Australia) and the Australian Postal Commission (trading as Australia Post). It also controlled radio and television broadcast licensing, which is now controlled by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Telecom Australia changed its name to Telstra in 1995 and has since been privatised.
Abolishment [ edit ]
The Department was abolished in December 1975 by the
Fraser Government, and replaced by the Postal and Telecommunications Department. The change was intended to take account of the increase in the functions of the department to include all electronic media matters which had previously been the responsibility of the [2 ] Department of the Media. [2 ]
Early history (telephony) [ edit ]
telephone exchanges in Australia date back to 1880 (Melbourne). All phone calls were manually switched by human operators. The Melbourne exchange opened with just 44 customers.
The first automatic exchange opened in 1912, featuring
electromechanical switching equipment. Cross-bar systems started appearing in 1960. Electronic switching began in the late 1970s. [3 ]
Victorian Telecommunications Museum houses examples of old technology used since the PMG's inception.
References [ edit ]