Thursday, June 14, 2012

Putting you through now caller

Someone on their blog recently mentioned the old name of our now privatised telecommunication company Telecom, now known as Telstra. Tel from telecommunications and stra  from Australia make up the name. Without fanfare in 1995 Telecom became known Australia wide as Telstra, but not in my world, or at least not in our filing cabinet.

They would be now thrown out but I think we used to use concertina filing boxes with file names written on tabs and I expect there may well have been a tab marked PMG,  Postmaster General's Department. No, that change happened in 1975, so pre us.

Some large service pits in the footpaths have steel plates covers still with PMG. Some have Telecom and some have Telstra. Sometimes there is a combination of plates with two different names on them but I have never seen a pit with all three names.

Naturally being of a certain age, I lament the loss of PMG back in the days when making a telephone call was a serious business.

16 comments:

  1. Oh, you're harking back to a time when there was a sense of pride taken in providing a service, Andrew.
    Goodness, we aredinosaurs!

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  2. I really don't like change, especially names that we have used, relied on and loved all our lives. I will NOT call Myer's Myer, I don't care how long ago they changed it.

    Decisions are made by advertising experts and spin doctors, people who don't care about history. Department of Veterans' Affairs, for goodness sake :(

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  3. I remember the old PMG, way back in the days before the government began selling its services to make a quick buck for themselves. Stoopid gub'mints!! Look at the trouble we're in now. By "we're" I mean all us lowly minions, not the gub'mints who seems to be doing very well for themselves.

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  4. was the same in NSW - Telecom to telstra...

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  5. I don't remember PMG but do remember wondering just why the hell Telecom decided to waste so much money changing their logo and name over to something that sounds like a short-lived economy car - Telstra.

    Will the 'stra' go the way of the 'o-matic' and 'o-rama' endings of the sixties?

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  6. Ever since then its all been down hill from my experience with being consistantly disconnected from the internet for no good reason even though i paid up front every month and on time :-).

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  7. Joseph said it for me.

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  8. Jayne, and much quicker repair of faults.

    Joseph, now WHICH bank do you use? I believe there is about to be a change there. I think about half the time I still say Myers. I am not one for change just for the sake of it, which is what seems to happen a lot now.

    MC, yes, being national, it would have been country wide. Telstra was around before then though. Something to do with when OTC became part of Telecom.

    Kath, stop bragging about your youth. I recall being a little confused about Telstra and Telsta. You must also be too young to remember a Hoover Keymatic, in spite of your weird washing machine.

    With that company Windsmoke? Not good enough.

    RH, you are being agreeable today.

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  9. Ah, the old Hoover Keymatic. What a strange gimmick that was. Nonethelss, a great leap forward from the twin tub, or it's predecessor, the little butter churn.

    [There, do you feel a little younger now, or do you pine for a wood-fuelled copper?]

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  10. Gimmick FC? My parents almost bought one. Wood copper? Chopping wood? Emptying ash? Dirty hands? No thanks, I'll stick with my gas fired copper. Yes, we have had two and a gas fridge. Coppers were very useful for dyeing thinks, but the dye rather stained the copper. I can remember dyening my white sheets black, and there could possibly have been some tie dying at some point.

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  11. The Bank of NSW merged with the Commercial Bank of Australia in the early 1980s to form what??? Westpac? It sounded like a tin of sardines.

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  12. Hels, I had to think about that. CBA wasn't it. To me Westpac sounds like a pack of wet tissues to wipe your baby's bum with.

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  13. You'd be surprised at what's under the footpath...a few years before Don had his accident he used to work installing underground petrol tanks for garages and removing them when the garage closed down as so many did... Many streets would have places where there was a garage and then it closed down and was built upon. The area cemented over. Don said in the early days up till about 1975 they used to rip the top of the big tanks off with a backhoe (risky in case of sparks because even an empty tank has petrol fumes ) then they were told to fill them with water and cover them up with soil and re cement...later the rule was to fill them with compacted sand - what happens with the water filled ones is that in time they will rust and the water seep out leaving an empty space underground. may not have happened yet but it will eventually - the tanks will collapse one day. He over the years pointed out places where he knew tanks were under the footpath filled with water - in front of book shops and cafes etc...the Oil companies were very powerful and took time to force them to certain standards...might actually post this as sometimes when you walk along a cemented street you will still see the small round metal plate which was the access point to refilling the tank - other things look like it these days but Don could always pick them...thought it might interest you now you'll be looking down for little round plates before you sit in an outdoors cafe!

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  14. MC, I be checking out every cover I see from now on. On our farm once, the sewerage tank popped up out of the ground. It had been heavy rain and water built up under it and it floated. I expect the same could have with fuel storage tanks.

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  15. More of a worry is the ground collapsing as the tank crumples inwards....

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  16. Gee, I left whole words out of my last comment. Yes, mini sink holes coming to a street near us all perhaps.

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