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Manual Telephone Operators
Manual Telephone Operators

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

Plaque commemorates the 70 years service of the manual telephone operators to the Lismore district before it became automatic in 1978. 

The manual exchange began operating in about 1906 and ceased operations in 1978. The women who operated manual country exchanges performed invaluable communication work during bush fires and other local tragedies.

At the unveiling ceremony, attended by 80 residents and some ex-operators, a Telecom (Telstra) representative said that he believed this was the first memorial in recognition of the telephonist`s contribution. The memorial was initiated by local residents, and is an irregular shaped bluestone 100cm high rock with plaque attached


Address:High & Heriot Streets, Post Office, Lismore, 3324
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.953772
Long: 143.343767
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology


Front Inscription

        This Plaque
Was Erected By A Grateful
Community To Commemorate
The Efficient And Devoted
Service Given To The District
The Operators
         Of The
Lismore Manual
Telephone Exchange 
For Approximately 70 Years
Until It Became Automatic On
The 8th March 1978

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