The Melbourne Telephone Exchange Directory of 1883. 64 Page listing of early Melbourne telephone numbers in alphabetical, numerical and occupational lists. Subscription rates listed on back cover of book. Includes advertisements for Edison Bell Telephones from W. H. Masters & Co., Mutual Life Company and other local firms. Contains pasted-in corrections. Printed by Mccarron, Bird and Company in Melbourne in 1883.

Physical Description

Front cover is loose. Book is stapled together. Some foxing.


This is an acquisition of great rarity. The Melbourne Telephone Exchange was the first in Australia and provided the model for the rest of the continent. Cf. "Clear Across Australia" by Ann Moyal, pages 74-77 for further details.

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