The Telstra Museum: A fascinating Journey through Australia's Telecommunications History

From Morse Code machines to over-sized 80’s car phones, the Telstra Museum is truly a fascinating place. Run by Stef Novak and his team of voluntary telecommunications enthusiasts, the museums based in NSW, QLD and Victoria are truly an eye-opener to anyone born later than 1980.

In the modern world of smart phones and social media, telecommunications equipment is simply unrecognisable from its earliest prototypes. These days, we can communicate with people on the other side of the world with a few taps of our fingers – it’s instantaneous, convenient, and the devices all fit into our pockets. But, of course, it wasn't always the case.

So you can just imagine the astonishment of a Gen- Y Facebooker when you have to explain to her that the first car phones (they weren't called 'mobile' back then..) in Australia weighed over 14kgs and used honking horns and flashing headlights to alert you of an incoming call! We've come a long way to a Twitter feed...!  

But it’s this rich history of how each technological innovation has been developed and used throughout the history of Australian life that makes the Telstra Museum such a marvellous visit and real contribution to the community.

And so it was with great pleasure that Showfront were asked to build display cabinets for the Telstra Museum in Hawthorn, Melbourne, to showcase some of the fascinating historical equipment that blazed a trail back in the day. The cabinets included custom upright cabinets that would permanently feature at the Museum and others that would feature in a travelling exhibition throughout Australia.  

At Showfront, we’ve built custom display cabinets for many museums throughout Australia and we were delighted to play our part in showcasing this important documentation of telecommunications equipment in Australia history.

Congratulations to Stef and all his staff once again for all the great work! 

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