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.

This telephone was supplied as Automatic (332AT) or C.B. (332CBT).

The Ericsson supplied 332AT was their model N1002K.
The Ericsson  supplied 332CBT was their model N1365K.

Australian Drawing C1350 Schedule C.

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 June 22, 2020