New South Wales.
Post & Telegraph Offices in Sydney CBD.

The following list contains Telegraph Offices opened in the general Sydney CBD (variously defined over the years).
Most of these Telegraph Offices have long since been forgotten.

Some Telegraph Offices in the CBD were connected to the Central Telegraph Office by pneumatic tubes. The extent of the connections is unfortunately now unclear but some details are provided elsewhere.

Australia Hotel.

The Telegraph Office was opened in the 4th quarter 1891 and it was closed on 15 July 1916.

More photographs and details especially relating to the role of this Telegraph Office in the creation of AWA's Coastal Radio network are elsewhere.


Luggage label for the Australia Hotel.
Diameter: 139 mm.
Aust Hotel Australia Hotel.
28 March 1912.

On 1/- Kangaroo from the 1888 Centennial Issue.

Very rare - only recorded example of this date stamp.

Phoenix Auction May 2014 Lot 210.

Castlereagh Street.

Opened as a Post & Telegraph Office on 1 September 1899.

On 6 January 1964, the office was removed to Pitt Street and changed name to Sydney South.

Castlereagh St  

George Street North.

Opened as a Post & Telegraph Office on 5 September 1887.

On 7 August 1972, the office was removed to and renamed Grosvenor Street.


George Street West.

Opened as a Post & Telegraph Office on 1 April 1883 when it changed name from Parramatta Street.

The name was changed again on 1 July 1934 to Broadway.

George st west

The Exchange

A Telegraph Office at the Royal Exchange was opened in 1858 as an intermediate office between Fort Phillip and the Telegraph Office on the first lines.

In September 1860, the Government decided that it would remove the Telegraph Office from the Exchange to a new building which it proposed to erect to the south of the Post Office. This decision was taken despite the fact that the Exchange had provided the space for the Telegraph Office for the three years since the first line had been constructed free of rent.

A new Telegraph Office was opened at the Exchange on 30 October 1885.




SIR - The public have frequently commented on certain offices, and the above may be allowed to join in the category. From the central position of the Exchange, a telegraph office is placed there (a branch office) for the convenience of those parties who have their stores and houses of business contiguous to the establishment.

Now, Sir, from certain, personal knowledge, I have often seen merchants and, others drop, into this office for the express purpose of transmitting a message in order to facilitate its despatch. They refrain from going to the head office where it would meet with every attention and be forwarded instanter. Well, after waiting for some considerable time, they are reluctantly compelled to proceed to the head office. You will now naturally inquire the cause of this delay, which is easily answered - viz:

The party in charge of this office is either enjoying comfortable confabulation with some of his "chums" or else studying the politics of the day in the Exchange reading room. Now, Sir, what I maintain is this: that they ought to abolish the office or appoint someone who would pay more attention to his duties.

I hope this may prevent the necessity of the former and check the present predeterminating system. Apologising for troubling you with this communication,

I subscribe myself, Sir,

The Sydney Empire 20 May 1862.

Sydney Exhibition 1870.

On 30 August 1870, an International Exhibition was opened at the Prince Alfred Park. A special building was erected there and a temporary Post Office, an Electric Telegraph Office and "a room for gentlemen of the Press" were attached to the Secretary's Office. A "line of electric telegraph" was also connected to the Head Office in Sydney.

Tobin notes that 183 messages were transmitted from the Exhibition Building to various parts of the Colony. Revenue from these messages amounted to £25/1/8. No telegram is known as being "From: Exhibition Building".

Newspapers carried the following announcement:
Sydney, 25th August, 1870.


It is hereby notified that Branch Post and Telegraph Offices will be opened at Prince Alfred Park, near the Exhibition Building on the 30th instant.

The hours of attendance will be daily (Sunday excepted) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until further notice.

Correspondence addressed to the Exhibition Post Office will be delivered on application at the window, where postage stamps and information as to postage and telegraph rates can be obtained.

The letter-box will be cleared at 6:15 a.m., at noon and at 3 p.m. daily (Sunday excepted).

Oxford Street.

The Telegraph Office was opened on the change of name from South Head Road on 15 December 1873. On 2 May 1960, the name was changed again to Crown Street.

Hopson & Tobin do not list the rare rubber rectangular (RRR) TELEGRAPH OFFICE date stamp.

Oxford TO
Telegraph Office Oxford Street.
16 October 1952.
RR1 - TO.

Used on AW-DO-10B (51) - ERD.

Size: ??
Rated: RRRR.

  Oxford 1953
Oxford St.
Used 1939 to 1958.
Diameter: 30 mm.

Used on AW-DO-10B (51).

Park Street.

A Post & Telegraph Office opened as Park Street on 20 May 1878 and was removed to Queen Victoria Markets on 1 September 1899.

Further details of the Park Street Post & Telegraph Office are provide elsewhere.

Tenders were called for repairs and improvements in March 1883.

Park Street Park Street Post Office date stamp on 22 August 1899 - just over one week before the office was closed.

On 13 February 1889, the following letter to the Editor was published in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Sir, - I notice tenders have been called for a Post and Telegraph office, Park Street or vicinity of that street. Now, Sir, I hope the next building the Post and Telegraph takes or rents will have proper accommodation for the public. The present office, although it is in the heart of the city, is nothing better than a dog kennel, there is not sufficient room to turn round in; if one goes in to write a telegram or write out a slip for a money order, one has to wait till the other is done.

This should not be in a city office. Again, there are no telegraph desks to write telegrams on, everything is done on the counter This is simply disgraceful. I would strongly suggest that, before fitting the new offices up in the vicinity of Park Street, someone from the postal department visit the Post and Telegraph Office, William Street, and take a note of the conveniences at this office for the public. Nothing seems to have been omitted in the way of accommodation. I don't think I have ever been in a more complete, in every detail, office than William Street, then why not make Park Street, which is a city office, as near equal to William Street as possible? For Heaven's sake! Give the public room and proper necessaries to transact business.

I am, &c, A CITIZEN.

Parliament House.


Parliament H 1917  


A Post Office was opened at Pyrmont on 1 April 1853. It changed name to Harris Street on 27 November 1882.

A Telegraph Office was opened about 1 km closer to the G.P.O. on 22 September 1882 and it became a Post & Telegraph Office when the other office change name on 27 November 1882.


Pyrmont 1912
23 October 1912.

H&T Type 1D (i).
Diameter: 24 mm.

Used on 9d Commonwealth issue
which could be used to pay the cost
of a 16 word ordinary rate telegram
to a destination within NSW.

Pyrmont 1962
17 November 1962. 

RC1 -T.
Diameter: 32 mm.
Used on AA-DO-13B.

Queen Victoria Markets.

A Post & Telegraph Office had been opened as Park Street on 20 May 1878. The combined office was removed to and changed its name to Queen Victoria Markets on 1 September 1899. Later, on 1 May 1918, the office changed name again to Queen Victoria Buildings.

No special date stamp for telegraph use was issued.

Queen Vic

Queen Victoria Markets.

Usual Post Office date stamp used about six weeks after the office had moved from Park Street.

Queen Vic
18 October 1899

Queen Victoria Buildings.

Early date stamps had N.S.W at the base (without then later with a full stop after the W).
Diameter: 27 mm.

Later date stamps with nylon wheels and a short date line had N.S.W AUST at the base.
Diameter: 32 mm.

QV building
6 March 1939.
QVB 1977
26 January 1977.
Used on AT-TO-14B.

Sydney Railway.

The office opened as a Telephone/Telegraph Office on 6 August 1906. There is no record of a closing date.



The date stamps issued were:

  • 1933 to 1935 was
  • 1954 to 1970 was
Syd Rail 1912
Railway Station/Sydney.
13 October 1912.
Syd Rail
Sydney Rail/ NSW Aust.
10 November 1966.