Eumundi Telephone Exchange

Eumundi Post Office 1960
Eumundi Post Office 1960

From 1891 to 1904, a receiving post office was located in E H Arundell’s Store in Main Street Eumundi. From 1904 to 1911 the postal service was conducted in the Railway Station.

 

In 1912 a Post and Telegraph Office was built adjacent to where the CWA hall is today and the business was conducted from there by Mr Aiken followed by other postmasters. This building was in use until 1938 and then moved to Gin Gin.

 

In 1928 the postmaster, Mr Webster, recommended to the Department that a new post office be built in Eumundi in front of the house he occupied in Gridley Street. In 1935 Minister responsible for postal services inspected and approved the proposed site, and, in 1937, the classification of the post office service was upgraded.

 

R E Morris was contracted to erect a new building to government plans and specifications. The new post Office was officially opened on 6 January 1938.  A manual telephone exchange was housed in the building. It ceased in 1977 when automation took over.  The building is still in use as a Post Office today.  

 

Discover Eumundi has been successful with a grant application from the Sunshine Coast Council's Heritage Levy funded Regional Collection Care Program - part of the 50th Anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast Celebrations in 2017. The Sunshine Coast was officially named on 1 August 1967.

 

The funds received will go towards some conservation work on the exchange now located at Discover Eumundi and research has begun to find people who operated this exchange who will be invited to share their memories and any documents or photos they may have which will be made into story boards and a short audio that people will be able to listen to when they visit Discover Eumundi.

 

The Telephone Exchange will also be transported to the University of the Sunshine Coast in August 2017 to become part of an 50th Anniversary exhibition of objects from many of the Coast's heritage groups and Museums, to celebrate the past and how it has helped shape the Sunshine Coast.

 

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