Head Set, Frank Williams Exchange Operator; Unknown manufacturer; 1960-1970; WY....


Head Set, Frank Williams Exchange Operator

About this object

This was Frank Williams' headset when he worked as an operator at the Wyndham telephone exchange in the late 1960s. During this time, Frank was also operating his family's tailoring business in Wyndham.

The original Wyndham telephone exchange was installed in 1900 with eight subscribers. At the conclusion of World War Two, the exchange was attached to the Post Office on Redan Street. The day shift operated from 6am and the night shift ended at midnight. The people who worked in the exchange were not allowed company of any kind and were not allowed in the office when off duty. The only electrical appliance for the comfort of the staff was an electric jug for which the plug was in the strong room. There were standard expressions to use when connecting calls and no deviations were allowed.

The exchange closed in 1989.


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inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic
inorganic, processed material, metal, copper

Inscription and Marks

Etched into the top: 'FRANK'


h 255 mm x w 225 mm x d 140 mm (not including the cord)

Subject and Association Keywords

Communication (including Diaries and Letters)

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People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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