Pacific Cable Board.
Aspects of daily operation.


PCB Erskine
George Street looking south with Jamieson Street coming in at the right and Bond Street exiting at the left. Also shows the Post Office Chambers and the Commonwealth Bank.
Courtesy State Library Archives (hall-31584r).
The Pacific Cable Board opened offices in Sydney at 261 George Street on the corner with Jamieson Street.

The address of the Office was displayed towards the base of the Delivery forms
(see IAP-TO-1).

The central location enabled the Board to offer the additional service that Messengers could collect telegrams for transmission from clients.

Front view
Entrance to 261 George Street with Jamieson Street at the right. Taken about 1938.
Courtesy State Library Archives.
In August 1908, Mr. Milward, chief electrician of the Pacific Cable Company, was appointed the Board's Australian Manager with headquarters in Sydney.

It was anticipated that offices for the Pacific Cable Board would be opened in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in the first quarter of 1906.

Mr Reynolds was the Board's Australasian manager. Hs first task, in February 1902, was to confer with the Government about the Board's charges from Queensland to New Zealand.


PCB datestamp The Pacific Cable Board date stamp which was applied to telegram forms.

Size: 30 × 48 mm (e = 0.61).

Used on INC-DO-3.

The Launceston Examiner of 22 January 1915 announced that "The Postmaster-General announced today that the Federal Ministry had agreed to a request of the Pacific Cable Board to erect a telegraph line between Melbourne and Sydney for exclualve use. The cost will be about £6,000".

Southport Training facility.

The Queenslander of 7 October 1905 noted "The staffing of all the stations (associated with the Pacific Cable) is supplied by the Southport school where already some thirty-five young colonials have been received and trained for the service under Superintendent T. C. Judd's supervision. The qualifications of a candidate are that of being liberally educated, holding high school testimonials, of excellent physique and over 16 years of age. The course of training extends over two years and, during this period, the Board makes an allowance towards mess expenses, reducing the cost to parents to some £20 (exclusive of cost of clothes and pocket money). On attainment of efficiency and admission to the staff, the scale of pay is liberal, and the service is an excellent opening for gentlemanly youths holding the required fitness. We understand the applications are very numerous and this is not surprising in view of the fact that many of the young fellows — in several instances Queenslanders — are doing well in the service".