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A commemorative plaque marks the site of the first automatic telephone exchange in the Southern Hemisphere.  It was unveiled on the 50th anniversary in 1962.

The plaque is located in Ryrie Street in the centre column of the building.

03-Feb-2017 : Sandra 

I went looking for this plaque when I was in Geelong a few weeks ago, but to no avail.  It definitely wasn't located on the centre column of the building, as mentioned in the website listing.

 So I made some enquiries and today received the following email from Laura Costello from the City of Greater Geelong, which is self-explanatory.  Laura told me she has worked in the old Post Office building for the past five years, and hasn't seen the plaque in all that time.


Address:Ryrie & Gheringhap Streets, Former Geelong Post Office, Geelong, 3220
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.148502
Long: 144.357229
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event STart Date:06-July-1912
Actual Event End Date:06-July-1912


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 6th July, 1962
Front Inscription

The first automatic telephone exchange in the Southern Hemisphere was established in this building on the 6th July, 1912.

This commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Hon. Hubert F. Opperman O.B.E., M.P., Minister for Shipping & Transport.   Federal Member for Corio, on the 50th anniversary, 6th July, 1962.

Source: VMR,RHSV
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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