Australian Post Office
Telephone No. 35

Telephone Automatic Wall (Geelong, Victoria)

Black painted wooden cased wall telephone first installed in 1912 Australia's first automatic telephone exchange at Geelong. Victoria. This was a Strowger Automatic telephone apparatus, manufactured by the Automatic Electric Company, Chicago USA.

This phone was also known as the Geelong.


These phones were fitted with a Mercedes dial and had a very basic circuit. There is no induction coil in the phone, and the receiver does not contain permanent magnets. The transmitter and receiver are connected in series.


The dial has one "off-normal" spring set on the dial which short circuits both the transmitter and receiver.

Please see for more information and pictures (pictures below are borrowed from the above site).

See also the Telephone No. 135



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Last revised May 09, 2011