IEEE & ITEE Tour of the Victorian Telecommunications Museum

Victorian Telecommunications Museum Site Visit

Location: 375 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
Time: 6:00pm refreshments for 6:30pm start, until 8:00pm
Date: Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Limited Attendance Numbers
Register from 9am Wednesday 18 April 2012 at:

There is no admittance fee for this talk (however a donation to the VTM would be appreciated). Non-IEEE or EA members are also welcome.

IEEE & ITEE has arranged for members and guests the opportunity to “look back” in time at the development and changes of Telecommunications in Australia. Come along and see what a small band of volunteers are doing to preserve the history of the telecommunications industry in Australia. The recently established Victorian Telecommunications Museum is based in the Hawthorn Telephone Exchange building, Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

The museum is run by volunteers and is currently open for group visits by appointment only. The museum contains thousands of items including original artefacts ranging from Morse code keys & receivers (in working order), Post Master General's earliest messaging services, historic public phones, numerous switchboards, mobile phones, the restored mechanical speaking clock, a great array of photos and numerous historical notes.

It is hoped that a number of Morsecodians will demonstrate their skills by transmitting and receiving morse code messages at a rate faster than you can send an equivalent SMS message. This will be followed by a conducted tour to observe the many changes in the development of all of the telecommunications equipment that has been used in Australia. Working electromechanical switching of calls can be seen and heard. Working SxS and Xbar equipment will be seen. Working manual switching systems will be able to be used.

The visit will commence at 6.00pm when you can briefly socialise with your peers and friends over some refreshments. The tour will commence at 6:30pm. Members and friends are welcome. Please note that attendance numbers are strictly limited to 25, so please register only if you will be present.

Access to the museum is via a secured access door in the laneway next to the Hawthorn Exchange building. Attendees are requested to arrive on time to gain access. Limited parking is available along Burwood Rd, Glenferrie Road or in the Council car park at the rear of the Town Hall. Timed car parks are also located in Serpells Lane or the multi-story car park in Wakefield St.

While the site visit is free, a donation of $5 to the VTM as an appreciation for the site visit and their interest in preserving the telecommunications history in Australia will be appreciated.

Note: Engineers Australia members are eligible to claim CPD for attending this event.

Contact: Robert Slaviero

Phone: 9881 9900


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