South Australia - Colonial: 1856 -1900.
Telegraph offices in the far east of the Colony/State


Tailem Bend.

The Telegraph Office was opened at the Railway Station when it opened in 1886 - a year before the town was proclaimed.

On 28 November 1913, the new Post Office at Tailem Bend was opened.


Tailem Bend
Tailem Bend.
3 January 1940.

Usual postal date stamp.
Used on AB-DO-8H.

On Saturday 22 September 1922, the new race course was opened. The course was situated almost within the town and a telegraph office was also expected to open on that day at the course.

Race Club was a special feature of the town. In 1929, considerable damage was inflicted on the town - and on the Club. A few months later however, all repairs had been completed and "special provision was made to accommodate all motor inside the course grounds. Patrons were able to view the races without leaving their cars if they desired to do so. The totalisator was improved and additions made to the stalls. The telegraph office on the ground received attention and the secretary's office was improved".


The Telegraph was opened at the Railway Station in March 1910 but was transferred to the Post Office in March 1911.

In 1901, the State Government spent considerable time in discussing the Pinaroo Railway Bill.

Pinaroo 1915
Pinaroo Post & Telegraph Office in 1915.

In the early 1890s in South Australia, there was considerable discussion of the need to open up areas in the far eastern and south-east region near the Victorian border to new settlement. To achieve this end, it was planned to construct a Railway line towards Pinaroo. Part of the incentive for this initiative was the very high rate of unemployment in South Australia about 1893. Although the Government had tried to develop various work schemes, these did little to decrease unemployment.  The Government wanted to do more and bring about a more permanent settlement by encouraging people to be got onto the land in accordance with the provision for village settlement passed by Parliament in 1893.

The unemployed men were informed that the best thing they could do was to form themselves into associations and move on to land as soon as it was available. The Pinaroo Bill, which would have provided work for many, had unfortunately been thrown out by the Legislative Council. "The men must make some sacrifices for their families and go back on to the land under the Village Settlement scheme".