Australian Post Office
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.
This telephone was supplied as Automatic (332AT) or C.B. (332CBT).
Australian Drawing C1350 Schedule C.
A.P.O. 332AP made by Ericsson - model No. N1002K25
Telephone 332 with control lock
Jade green variant
GEC model shown below
British Ericsson Model
Last revised June 22, 2020