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On this day …….. 24th of July 1936

The world’s first ever “talking clock”, whereby people could ring a telephone number to find out what the time was, commenced operations in Paris in 1933. Australia received its first talking clock on the 24th of July 1936 in Sydney, serviced from the General Post Office. Previously, people wishing to know the time had to connect their call through to a young woman employed specifically for the purpose of announcing the time to callers. Coincidentally, in England, the talking clock started at Holborn Telephone Exchange also on the 24th of July 1936.

 

On this day …….. 24th of July 1936

The world’s first ever “talking clock”, whereby people could ring a telephone number to find out what the time was, commenced operations in Paris in 1933. Australia received its first talking clock on the 24th of July 1936 in Sydney, serviced from the General Post Office. Previously, people wishing to know the time had to connect their call through to a young woman employed specifically for the purpose of announcing the time to callers. Coincidentally, in England, the talking clock started at Holborn Telephone Exchange also on the 24th of July 1936.

 

On this day …….. 4th May 1878

On this day in 1878, Henry Audin attached a locally made telephone to the telegraph wire and sent a message across the border (Murray River) to Wahgunyah through Chiltern and Wodonga to arrive in Albury in the blink of an eye.  The listener at the other end of the phone heard the word …………. Cooeeee. This was the second interstate phone to ever be made. The first inter state phone call to be made was done three months earlier by Mr. McGuaran manager of the Albury telegraph office to Mr Cheyne of the Wodonga telegraph office.

On this day ………… 9th March 1904

Great excitement was received in Wangaratta on this day in 1904 when the Telephone exchange opened. It had been wanted earlier, but the postal authorities had a policy of not providing an exchange unless there were fifteen subscribers for a day service and twenty five if a day and night service were required. The phone connection fee was £3, payable in advance, and when the exchange opened on this day, Wangaratta had thirty three subscribers.

 

 

On this day …….. 24th of July 1936

The world’s first ever “talking clock”, whereby people could ring a telephone number to find out what the time was, commenced operations in Paris in 1933. Australia received its first talking clock on the 24th of July 1936 in Sydney, serviced from the General Post Office. Previously, people wishing to know the time had to connect their call through to a young woman employed specifically for the purpose of announcing the time to callers. Coincidentally, in England, the talking clock started at Holborn Telephone Exchange also on the 24th of July 1936.

 

On this day …….. 4th May 1878

On this day in 1878, Henry Audin attached a locally made telephone to the telegraph wire and sent a message across the border (Murray River) to Wahgunyah through Chiltern and Wodonga to arrive in Albury in the blink of an eye.  The listener at the other end of the phone heard the word …………. Cooeeee. This was the second interstate phone to ever be made. The first inter state phone call to be made was done three months earlier by Mr. McGuaran manager of the Albury telegraph office to Mr Cheyne of the Wodonga telegraph office.

On this day ………… 9th March 1904

Great excitement was received in Wangaratta on this day in 1904 when the Telephone exchange opened. It had been wanted earlier, but the postal authorities had a policy of not providing an exchange unless there were fifteen subscribers for a day service and twenty five if a day and night service were required. The phone connection fee was £3, payable in advance, and when the exchange opened on this day, Wangaratta had thirty three subscribers.