Australian Post Office
Telephone No. 332


This telephone, introduced into Australia in 1939, were manufactured in the U.K. by the Telephone Manufacturing Company, GEC and Ericsson Telephones Ltd.  Large quantities of these (black) telephones were imported to cope with the ever increasing demand for these telephones in Australia.  A sliding drawer in the base provided for note paper which allowed frequently called numbers to be recorded.  Because of sticking drawers and subsequent breakages, later orders placed by the APO PMG with the U.K. manufacturers requested that the drawers not be fitted, and hence dummy plates were substituted in their place.  Limited purchases of red, green and ivory telephones were made by the PMG Department prior to World War 2, but no purchases of the red and green phones were made after the war, as the fading problem encountered with earlier coloured telephones remained unsolved.

Click here for Telephone 332AT and CBT Circuit Diagram

Click here for the BPO Type 332

Additional information on the 332

A.P.O. 332AP made by Ericsson - model No. N1002K25

Telephone 332 with control lock

Jade green variant

 

GEC model shown below
Thanks to Kevin Powell for the photographs below

332AT produced by GEC
 
Note the screw fixing for the handle and the backstop lug
 
Base plate showing the year - 1954 and the manufacturer C- GEC

 

British Ericsson Model

 
Front view Side view
   
Side view showing flat style handle Side view showing handle against back stop
   

Markings found on the base.

E = British Ericsson

55 = 1955

 

 

 
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Last revised April 02, 2010

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