Queensland - Colonial period: 1861-1900.
Telegraph Offices from Brisbane and Roma north to Mackay.



The following Telegraph Offices are included in this page:

Banana Boondooma Boynedale Bundaberg Childers Clermont
Dingo Durah Emerald Gayndah Gin Gin Gladstone
Gympie Hawkwood Hidden Valley Keppel Bay Kilcoy Mackay
Marlborough Maryborough Mount Chambers Mount Morgan Murgon Nebo
Rockhampton Springsure St. Lawrence Tungamull Woody Island  
Banana.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 4 January 1865. It was also designated as a Repairing station.

In 1880, 690 messages were sent from Banana including 99 OHMS messages.

The staff consisted of one line Repairer.

Banana
Banana P&T Office 1910 with the
Westwood to Camboon Stage Coach outside.
No special date stamps for telegraph use were issued to Banana. Instead the usual postal date stamp was used.

Banana unframed date stamp.


13 March 1901.

Boondooma T.O.

Due west from Gympie and Black Snake.

A circular T.O. date stamp with QLD AUST at the base was issued to the Telegraph Office:

Used in black: 11 December 1940 and
8 September 1973.

Diameter: 30 mm.

Rated: RRRRR.

Number in the Census: 2.


11 December 1940.
 


8 September 1973.
Archival strike.

Boynedale.

South of Gladstone and near Lake Awoonga.

A Post Office opened about April 1912 and that was changed to a Receiving Office about 1925.

The Office closed about 1927.

An Electric Telegraph Office date stamp was issued to Boynedale:

Used: ??

Size: 24 × 42 mm (e = 0.82).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.

Boynedale ETO
No date.
Bundaberg

The Telegraph Office opened on 21 May 1874.

In 1880, 6,189 messages were sent including 1,081 OHMS messages. The staff consisted of an Electric Telegraph Station Master, a line repairer and a messenger.

Bundaberg PC
Bundaberg P&T Office on a postcard posted in 1909.
The reverse is inscribed with the message:
"This is a good picture of the Post Office -
a good structure for a country town".
Bund 1905
Bundaberg P&T Office 1905 showing some of the surrounds.

No special date stamp for use with telegraph work appears to have been issued for Bundaberg.

One slogan postmark advertising Telegrams is recorded as being used at Bundaberg.
It is for SEND A TELEGRAM.


15 October 1940.

The later of two examples known from Bundaberg.

Bustard Head Lighthouse.

From the Brisbane Courier of Friday 17 May 1889:

" The Superintendent of Telegraphs received a telegram on Wednesday afternoon from Gladstone, stating that a shocking accident had occurred at Bustard Head. Two women and a telegraph line repairer in charge, named Alfred Power, of Miriam Vale, were drowned through the upsetting of a boat.

A further telegram as follows was received yesterday morning: 'Poor Power drowned at Pancake Creek. He was making for the opposite side higher up when the boat was struck by a squall and took a little water in, The passengers rushed to one side and the boat went over.

It was the light-house boat in charge of Gibson, who was accompanied by four others. Power came to the surface once and was not seen afterwards. He was on his way back to his station at Miriam Vale. The doctor and the police have gone overland to hold an inquiry.

It appears that the operator in charge of the telegraph station at Bustard Head was away on a holiday and the instrument there having got out of working order. Power was sent to repair it and while on his return met with the sad end as related in the telegram.

Power joined the service in 1878 as an operator, which position he occupied till April, 1880, being stationed during that period at Clifton, Hendon, and Warra. He was afterwards line repairer at Gayndah, Gin Gin, and Bundaberg. In March, 1883, he was appointed operator at the Maryborough Railway Station and in 1884, at his own request, he was appointed line repairer in charge at Nive Station. When that station was closed in 1886 he was transferred to Miriam Vale. He leaves a wife and two children".

Caboolture.

The Telegraph Office was opened at Caboolture on 26 July 1869 as an intermediate station between Gympie and Brisbane. It would therefore served a dual purpose - an a station to serve the local community and also to be a repeater station.

   

Camboon.

 

 
Childers.

The Telegraph Office opened in 1873.



The Childers Post & Telegraph Office.

Message on reverse is:

"Dear Ethel.
This represents Hermon waiting to take you for a drive. Don't keep him waiting too long. Hope you will enjoy the drive. Yours CW".

Typical date stamp with two dots around the date.

Diameter: 25 mm.


Childers.
16 June 1920.

Clermont.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 16 October 1867.

The Government Gazette of 7 December 1867 announced that Mr. J. C. Bauer was to be Station Master at the Clermont Electric Telegraph Station and Mr. Stephen O'Brien was to be line repairer at the same station.

The Gazette of 1 May 1869 called for tenders to construct a Telegraph Office at Clermont. Some delays were clearly encounted because the Brisbane Courier of 10 January 1870 informed its readers that "A site is reserved in Drummond Street for Post and Telegraph offices at Clermont".

   

Dingo.

 

Durah.

Telegraph Office opened on 4 January 1865. It was the first station to be opened during the construction of the line from Dalby to Taroom.

The Office closed on 31 August 1880. However, on 29 April 1884, tenders were called for the erection of a new Post and Telegraph Office at Durah.

A rare RO3: ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH OFFICE oval date stamp of Durah.

Used: no date.

Size: 26 × 42 mm (e = 0.78)

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.

 

Durah oval
No date.

Emerald

The Telegraph Office opened on 3 May 1877.

In 1880, 2,351 messages were sent from the Telegraph Office at the Railway Station including 420 OHMS messages. The staff of the Telegraph section consisted of one operator and one messenger.

The Railway Station including the Telegraph Office was totally destroyed by fire on 26 March 1892: "about 9 o'clock on Saturday night, the gas engine at the station exploded and the place was instantly wrapped in flames. So rapidly did the fire appear to have spread that the officials were only able to save a few ticket cards and the cash in the safe. There were no means of extinguishing the fire at hand".

Unfortunate timing because in February, tenders had been called for the construction of a new Post and Telegraph Office, the tenders had been opened on 2 March and on 11 March the tender submitted by "G. Holmes, amount £593 13s. 9d., time three months, has been accepted, the amount mentioned including fencing".

The Western Champion of 17 January 1893 reported that "Information was received that Mr. B. Powell, manager of the Post and Telegraph office at Emerald was seized with a severe attack of dysentery on Thursday evening and died on Saturday". The Government Gazette of 18 March 1893 announced "John Robert Kelly to be manager of the Telegraph Office and Postmaster at Emerald in the room of Powell, deceased".

On 11 January 1912, the Minister for Home Affairs (Mr. O'Malley) agreed to the erection of a new Post and Telegraph office at Emerald being carried out under the supervision of the Queensland Works Department.


Emerald Post & Telegraph Office about 1920.
Gayndah.

Gayndah was originally part of NSW when the Post Office was opened on 1 January 1850 and the office was issued with Barred Numeral 86. The transfer to Queensland occurred on 1 December 1859.

The telegraph line from Maryborough to Hawkwood via Gayndah was completed by the end of 1864. Presumably the Office was housed in some temporary accommodation because the Gazette of 1 May 1869 called for tenders to construct a Telegraph Office at Gayndah.

Gayndah

The Maryborough Chronicle (30 November 1869) reported the following:

"The new Post-cum-Telegraph Office is progressing and will be ready for occupation about the beginning of the year. I cannot congratulate the Government upon the design or the district upon this new acquisition to its architecture for a more paltry or beggarly place, for the purposes required, I never saw nor would wish to see again.

Speaking of the Post Office, I think the present Postmaster is very hardly dealt with by the Government; he has to superintend the whole of the postal work in the place — no inconsiderable amount — in addition to his duties as Telegraph Station Master and without any extra pay. Before this duty was thrust upon him, the then Post Master used to get £100 a year, besides fees, for making up private mail bags and the discount on stamps sold being equal to another £100.

The present Postmaster is compelled by the Government to do the work for nothing. Surely he should at least be entitled to receive fees for making up the private mails which I have little doubt the squatters, who derive the benefit, would gladly pay. Perhaps this is how the Government intends to economise - by making sundry officials do double work while they themselves, for doing nothing but obstruct public business, take good care to receive handsome remuneration".

In 1880, 1,847 messages were sent including 208 OHMS messages. The staff consisted of an Electric Telegraph Station Master and a line repairer.

In December 1870, during a thunderstorm, a bolt of lightning struck the line, shattered three posts, entered the office and fused six yards of insulated wire - throwing the melted gutta percha against the opposite wall, a distance of twenty two feet. Both leading wires outside the office were completely consumed and fell to the ground in a shower of brilliant sparks. Little damage, however was done to the instruments beyond a slight injury to the relay which was repaired by the Station Master the same evening.

Date stamp for the Gayndah Railway Station at which there was still a combined Post and Telegraph Office. Gayndah RS
Gayndah Railway Station.
25 April 1917.
Diameter: 26 mm.

Gin Gin.

A Tender was let in September to J. P. Mittlehauser for the construction of a Post and Telegraph Office at Gin Gin to cost £1,017 15s and to be completed in eight months.

No special date stamp was issued to Gin Gin for use with telegraphs. Instead the usual postal date stamp was used.
25 June 1913.
Gladstone

The Telegraph Office opened on 16 November 1864. On 3 October 1877, the Legislative Assembly approved £1,500 to complete the construction of the Post & Telegraph Office.

In 1880, 3,230 messages were sent including 379 OHMS messages. The telegraph staff consisted of an Electric Telegraph Station Master and a line repairer.

 

In 1869 a purpose-designed Post and Telegraph Offices and Customs House was erected on the Customs Reserve at the corner of Lord and Goondoon Streets, Gladstone. It had attached residences for the post master and the telegraph master. For a short time, post, telegraph and customs shared this building before it was designated as Gladstone Customs House. In its issue of 26 August 1871, the Rockhampton Bulletin (p. 2) noted "The most striking structure is the Custom House, a fine brick building, portions of which are occupied as a post office and a telegraph office".

The post and telegraph departments were then moved to temporary premises until a large timber building with separate offices and residences for the post and the telegraph were constructed in 1877-1878. This new building was erected in Goondoon Street, at the intersection with Yarroon Street. That area was later to be gazetted as a Post and Telegraph Reserve.


Both pictures of Gladstone taken about 1900.
Gladstone side
Source: Australian National Archives J2879 Q230.

A Telegraph Office date stamp (SC-1 TO) with a small date line was issued to the Office for use with Telegraphs:

Used in black: 12 August 1970.

Diameter: 30 mm.

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.


12 August 1970.

The usual postal date stamp was also used on telegrams.

Here is a 29 mm steel date stamp (SC1) used on a scarce International Delivery form (courtesy of Dave Elsmore).


11 October 1936.
Gympie.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 9 December 1868 almost exactly a year after the Post Office had opened and a few months after the name of the town had been changed from Nashville. That name was taken after John Nash had discovered gold in that area in 1867. Some excellent finds were recorded - but many prospectors left the fields heartbroken and penniless:

"A nugget, weighing at twelve pounds, was found at Gympie on Friday, the 21st ult. About two hundred diggers have started for the new diggings at Yarrol, in the Burnett district. Two more nuggets, says the Nashville Times, were brought into the bank on Monday, the 25th ultimo, from a claim in the vicinity of Mr. Curtis's. They weighed together eighty-two ounces" (Queensland Times 24 Mar 1868).

On 3 October 1877, the Legislative Assembly approved £3,000 for the construction of a Post & Telegraph Office.

In 1880, 8,016 messages were sent including 441 OHMS messages. The telegraph staff consisted of an Electric Telegraph Station Master, 1 line repairer and 1 messenger.

Seeds taken from Gympie in 1882 became the basis of the Hawaiian macadamia industry (see Wikipedia).


Gympie Post and Telegraph Office.
From a postcard sent from Gympie in November 1908
.

No special date stamp for use with telegraph work appears to have been issued at Gympie.

A SEND A TELEGRAM slogan cancellation was used on
29 December 1938.

Only recorded example.

Die 2: A over GR.

Gympie
29 December 1938.
Hawkwood.

Hawkwood was a repeating station.

A new building was opened in 1880.

In 1880, 434 messages beginning at Hawkwood were sent including 16 OHMS messages. The telegraph staff consisted of an Electric Telegraph Station Master and two line repairers.

 

Hidden Valley.

Situated just below Yeppoon, the Telegraph Office was opened ??

In the 1880s, the Postal Department agreed to a regular mail service between Hidden Valley and Doongmabulla via via Mount Wyatt, The Bridge, Glen Lee, Bowman's, Mount Douglas and Bulli Creek, by horse, once a week, for one, two, or three years.

A T.O. date stamp was issued to Hidden Valley.

Used in black: 24 November 1945 to 24 February 1959.

Diameter: 30 mm.

Rated: RRR.
Dell type 5.

Number in the Census: 3.



24 March 1954.
 
24 February 1959.

At some time during the early 1960s, the date stamp for Hidden Valley had the prefix TO removed.
Used from 18 November 1964 and
to 15 March 1967.

Rated: Scarce.
Dell type 5x.

 

Jimbour.

The Telegraph opened on 15 May 1878. It subsequently closed on 1 October 1887 and then re-opened on 13 August 1888.

In April 1899, tenders were called for the construction of "a new telephone line from Jimbour post and telegraph office to Bell, a distance of 12 miles 10 chains, more or less".

   

Keppel Bay (Pilot Station).

A Telegraph Office was opened at the Pilot Station at Keppel Bay on 11 September 1867. From the reports sent in regularly, it appears the main task was to monitor the movements of smaller raft such as schooners of various types and barques. In February 1874 it was announced that the pilot station was to have an addition to house the Telegraph Office.

The Rockhampton Bulletin of 30 January 1877 noted in a review of local issues that

"The telegraph lines continue in working order, but a rather curious phenomenon came to our knowledge yesterday. It was found that telegrams could be received from Keppel Bay, but could not be forwarded thither as the line was working only one way. This freak of the wire is known to electricians. We believe the line to the Bay was again in good working order last night".

Further improvements were made to the Telegraph Office in January 1878. A new Post &Telegraph was called for in 1886.

The Telegraph Office closed in 1921.

 
   

Kilcoy.

Kilcoy is north-west of Caboolture and inland from Woodford. A tender for the construction of a new Post and Telegraph Office was let in March 1913 to E. Tofield for £678.

In June 1909, with the advent of telephone services, it was planned to supersede the existing contract office at Kilcoy by an official Post and Telegraph Office as soon as funds were available.

KIlcoy
Kilcoy Post & Telegraph Office about 1914.
Mackay.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 1 August 1863. The Gazette of 1 May 1869 called for tenders to construct a Telegraph Office at Mackay and a new building for the Telegraph Office was constructed during the second hald of that year.

In 1880, 12,854 messages were sent including 823 OHMS messages. The telegraph staff consisted of an Electric Telegraph Station Master, an operator, a line repairer and a clerical assistant.

In March 1883, there is a reference in the South Australian Register that the new Post Office was nearing completion and that it would be supplemented by a Telegraph Office.

Mackay poles
Telephone lines were added to the telegraph poles outside the P & T office about 1920.

Mackay 1890
Mackay P & T office. The new building shown was opened in 1885.
Source: NLA J2879 QTH176.

On 30 November 1899, the Capricornian reported that "News has been received by the Department of Works that the new public clocks for the Post and Telegraph Offices at Mackay and Townsville have been despatched from London by the B.I.S.N. Company's S. S. Jumna".

No special date stamp for use with telegraph work appears to have been issued at Mackay. An oval date stamp (RO3 - PO) was however issued to the Post Office. Perhaps that date stamp was used for telegram work - a possibility suggested by the block of 6 at the right.

The block paid 1/- which was a common charge for sending a telegram to another station in Queensland except the GPO at Brisbane.

The format of this date stamp is similar to that used at Wolloongabba.


13 August 1907.
A SEND A TELEGRAM slogan cancellation was used between
7 April 1938 and 24 November 1938.
Mackay LRD
24 November 1938.

Marlborough.

In the Queensland Times of 20 May 1865: "The telegraph station master in Ipswich, Mr. Burkitt, informs us that the new Northern stations Marlborough and St. Lawrence (Broad Sound) are now open for receipt and despatch of messages". That news could be two months old.

The usual postal date stamp was used at Marlborough.

Used on a telegram: unknown.

Diameter: 23 mm;

Rated on a telegram: RRRRR.

Number in the Census: 0.


20 May 1913.

Maryborough.

The Brisbane Courier of 5 May 1865 announced that tenders had been called for the construction of an impressive Post and Telegraph Office and went on to describe the design.

Maryborough was a designated repairing station.

In 1880, 25,111 messages were sent including 1,947 OHMS messages. The telegraph staff consisted of an Electric Telegraph Station Master, 3 operators, 1 line repairer, 3 clerical assistants and 2 messengers.

Maryborough 1869
Maryborough P&T office about 1865 - with the new Telegraph pole.
Source: Australian National Archives J2879 QTH191.

Maryborough
Maryborough P&T office (circa 1910).
The Post Office was on the left and the Telegraph Office on the right.

An advertisement appeared in the Brisbane Courier of 2 May 1872 for a clearance sale of the stock held by a Mr. Cochran. The first item listed was "a large Turret Clock, 5 foot dial, gilt figures, made to order for the Post and Telegraph office, Maryborough, at cost of £40. This Clock is in perfect going order, and is suited for a public building". No other aspect of this advertisement can be found.

 

Maryborough
No special date stamp for use with telegraph work appears to have been issued at Maryborough.

A SEND A TELEGRAM slogan cancellation was used between 14 April 1939 and 20 November 1939.

Die 2: A over EG.

Mount Chalmers.

Mount Chalmers is north-east of Rockhampton.

After some gold mining between 1869 and about 1900, copper mining began about 1899 through to about 1914.

The town was served by a Post & Telegraph Office and a Railway Station was opened in the early 1900s.



Mount Chalmers Post & Telegraph Office with the hotel in the background about 1914.

Mount Morgan.

Mount Morgan is south-east of Rockhampton. On 28 January 1899, the Gazette advertised for "For the erection of stables, post and telegraph offices, at Mount Morgan".

The Telegraph Office


Mount Morgan Post & Telegraph Office in 1911.
The Telegraph Office is advertised above the doors on either side.

Murgon.

Murgon is west of Gympie and north of Kingaroy.

Murgon
Nebo.

The Gazette of 1 May 1869 called for tenders to construct a Telegraph Office at Nebo. The Office opened later in 1869.

 

Peak Downs.

In the House on 25 May 1864 Mr. Herbert stated that the Government would have no objection to placing in the Estimates an amount for the extension of the telegraph line from Rockhampton to the gold fields on Peak Downs.

 

Rockhampton.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 4 January 1865. The Post Office had been established on 1 April 1858 by New South Wales in the Moreton Bay District before being transferred to Queensland on 1 December 1859.

Tenders were called in February based on revised plans for the Rockhampton Telegraph and Post Office due 25 March 1865.

In 1880, 36,351 messages were sent including 2,835 OHMS messages. The telegraph staff consisted of an Electric Telegraph Station Master, 9 operators, 1 line repairer, 4 clerical assistants and 3 messengers.

The Bulletin of 5 June 1866 reported "The new clock for the front of the tower dividing the Electric Telegraph Office from the Post Office, arrived by the Leichardt from Brisbane. The dial plate was fixed in the circular hole prepared for it yesterday afternoon. The diameter of the dial measures three feet six inches and it is, by six inches, larger than any clock in the colony. The numbers and portions of the hands are gilt over a black ground; the clock is the manufacture of Mr. Cochran of Brisbane. Today it will be in going order, and will be set to the Rockhampton time".

On 9 April 1883 a new Telegraph office was opened.

See also http://www.cqhistory.com/wiki/pmwiki.php/Institutions/
RockhamptonPostAndTelegraphServices

Rock photo
The "new" Rockhampton Post & Telegraph Office.

Rocky East St
East Street in Rockhampton circa 1910 showing the Post Office tower.

 Date stamps for Rockhampton.

There are five formats for date stamps used at Rockhampton.

Electric Telegraph Office Oval date stamp (BO3-ETO).

This format is unique in that it has the crown outside of the ellipses.

Used: 20 December 1902 to 5 January 1903.

Size: 27 × 35 mm

Rated: RRR.

Number in Census: 3.


Rockhampton oval
30 January 19??
 
20 December 1902.

2 January 1902.
Status Auctions, September 1921.

5 January 1903.
Status Auctions, January (Lot 1630) to October 2011.
  1. Steel circle Telegraph Office/ Rockhampton (SC1-TO).
    Has round dots at sides.
    Font is 3 mm high but thin.

Used: 3 December 1914 to 5 May 1936.

Diameter: 25 mm.

Rated: R.

Number in Census: 10+.


3 December 1914.


21 December 1914.

  1. Steel circle Telegraph Office/Rockhampton (SC1 - TO).
    Has 1 mm arcs at the sides.

Used: 14 December 1931.

Diameter: 29 mm.

Rated: RRR.

Number in Census: 4.


14 December 1931.
  1. Telegraph Office Rockhampton/Qld (SC1 - TO).
    Rockhampton in top inscription.
    4 mm side arcs.

Used: 7 February 1967
(Small date line) .

Diameter: 30 mm.
Font is 3 mm high but thin.

Rated: RRRR.
(Unrecorded by Smithies).

Number in Census: 1.


7 February 1967.

 

  1. Unframed rectangular rubber date stamp (RRH0-Rockhampton).

Used: 13 March 1978.

Size: 16 × 38 mm.

Rated: RRRR.

Number in Census: 1.

Rockhampton 1978
13 March 1978.
Used on AA-DO-13D.

Springsure.

The Telegraph Office opened on 10 April 1872 about a week after connection was made to Brisbane. It was an officially designated repairing station.

In 1874, a question in the Legislative Assembly pointed out the inadequacy of the £450 then budgeted for a new P&T building. The Queenslander of 5 February 1876 described the situation as follows:

"Our Post and Telegraph Master is very badly housed. The place in which the business of the Post Office and Telegraph are carried on is simply a disgrace to the department and just fit to destroy any man's health who has to remain in it. Money has been voted for the erection of a new building but the plan and specification effectually prevent tenders being offered at anything near the estimate. It is high time something should be done in the matter either by placing more money on the estimates or by reducing the plans to fit the money".

Construction of a new facility commenced in 1877. The Northern Daily Argus of 13 September expressed satisfaction with the progress on behalf of residents:

"The Government builder is making great progress in the erection of the new Post and Telegraph Office which, when finished, will be in keeping with our neat Court House, two as good buildings as you will find in any inland town. It is about time that we had a building in which Her Majesty's mails could repose in safety even for one night. For the last five years a miserable hut has done duty as Post and Telegraph offices and it is only a wonder that it has stood so long and that some morning we do not see it in ruins, our letters and papers flying about the town and our amiable Postmaster killed or wounded".

In January 1878, the new building was completed - at a cost of £700.

In 1880, 2,456 messages were sent including 250 OHMS messages. The staff of the Telegraph section consisted of one Electric Telegraph Station Master and one line repairer.

On 12 April 1893, the Brisbane Courier described Springsure, inter alia, "Springsure is in the Bauhinia division, Leichhardt electorate, and has a population of some 600 persons ... In the town proper are three hotels, three stores and several nondescript establishments. The public buildings are the police quarters and court-house, Post and Telegraph office and State school - the latter with an average attendance of 70 scholars".

   
St. Lawrence.

The area was originally referred to as Broad Sound - so named by Capt. James Cook on the basis of its size (50 km long and 20 km wide). As a Port was established to export cattle around St Lawrence Creek, the place became known by that name.

The Telegraph Office opened on 10 March 1865 with the Post Office changing name from Waverley.

In February 1874, a severe storm hit the region. The Post and Telegraph line was blown away with Mr. Ahern escaping with only the instruments. The Court House, Custom House, two hotels and miles of telegraph posts were all blown away. Sheets of galvanised iron were blown up to three miles away. The aftermath was described as "St. Lawrence presents a wreck which beggars description".

A new Telegraph Office was completed in January 1878.

A steel oval date stamp (SO3-ETO) was available
at the St. Lawrence Electric Telegraph Office.

Used: no example has been recorded of its use on a telegram or cover.
Only this Archival strike is recorded.

Size: 29.5 × 45 mm (e = 0.76).

Rated: RRRRR.

Number in Census: 1.

A very rare page of the archival strikes for St. Lawrence is shown elsewhere.

St Lawrence
Possibly used in January 1898.

Taroom.

In the House on 25 May 1864 Mr. Herbert stated that the Government would have no objection to placing in the Estimates an amount for the extension of the telegraph line to Taroom.

The Telegraph Office opened on 29 December 1865.

The Maryborough Chronicle of 26 August 1869 references the D.D. Gazette which has:

"a reference to a recent affiliation charge against the late telegraph master at Taroom. It appears that the legal profession will obtain considerable employment out of the case Hickey v. Barry. As we understand that after the dismissal of the case yesterday, the preliminary steps were taken for instituting an action for false imprisonment against Messrs. Robinson and Marlay, the magistrates who issued the warrant for Mr. Barry's apprehension, and that £1000 damages will be claimed. Mr. Barry has lost his appointment as telegraph master at Taroom in consequence of his arrest and was confined in the lock-np for two days before the Police Magistrate could attend to accept bail for hia appearance at Toowoomba".

The case was a paternity and child support issue. Prior to the heaing described above, Mr. Barry "had also been summoned to attend and give evidence as a witness but that nothing was either paid or tendered him for his expenses and that, in consequence, he refused to attend.

Taroom is 240 miles from Toowoomba and evidence was given to show that Barry could not absent himself from his station without first obtaining leave from Brisbane as, if he did, all telegraphic communication with Taroom would be interrupted as there was no-one to take his place nearer than Hawkwood.

It appeared that the rule nisi was granted on the supposition that the Bench had issued a warrant to compel Barry to attend and give evidence as a witness only. Their Honors held that the role should be discharged" (The Queenslander 29 May 1869, p. 7).

   

Tungamull.

The Morning Bulletin of 11 April 1889 reported that

"Not only has the Emu Park Railway supplied to residents along the line the convenience of rapid and frequent means of communication with Rockhampton, but it has secured for them a privilege that they would not have enjoyed otherwise for a great many years. We refer to the connection of the various stations with the telegraphic system of the colony, and hence with those of all the other colonies. There are public telegraphic offices now at Tanby, on the turn-off to Veppoon; another at the Half-Way House, now called Tungamull, that will suit the convenience of residents of Cawarral; and a third will be opened in the course of a few days at Lake's Creek".

In January 1914, a proposal was put before the Postmaster-General for a telephone service - there already being a telegraph office there. It was declined on the basis that the cost would not be able to be recovered.

The usual postal date stamp was used at Tungamull.

Used on telegram: ??

Diameter: 300 mm.
6 mm side arcs.

Rated on telegram: RRRR

Number in Census of telegram: 0.


12 December 1930.
Woody Island.

This Woody Island is in Harvey Bay east of Maryborough. A much smaller island of the same name is off Port Douglas - a long way to the north.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 9 March 1869. A narrative of the laying of the cable to Woody Island is provided elsewhere.

Woody Point
The pier at Woody Point on Woody Island.
Postcard used in 1912.