Hills District Historical Society calls for phones

THE Hills District Historical Society needs help to put on an exhibition about communicating in May.

Society president Julie Graham is inviting readers to display their telephones, radios, morse code, gramophones, local newspapers, personal letters and cards, as part of "Let's Communicate".

It's free to take part and groups from any location can sell merchandise if they want to.

"We had such a huge response from local readers last time we did a story like this with our wedding dress exhibition: we ended up with many dresses in our collection that would have been thrown out," Ms Graham said.

They included a 1950s lace dress, a 1930 satin dress and three generations of wedding dresses, dating from the 1930s to 1980s.

Ms Graham said her society would display phones from their collection in this exhibition, including 1940s and '50s Bakelite phones and a red telephone box.

Ms Graham will display a candlestick phone.

"It is a standard PMG-dial telephone, introduced to Australia in 1922," she said.

"Many remained in service until the late 1940s. To make a complete telephone, it was fitted with a bell set."

"Let’s Communicate" will be held at the Hills District Historical Society museum in Balcombe Heights Estate on May 3-4.

■ To exhibit, call Julie Graham on 9655 1145 or email thehdhs@gmail.com.

■ Hills District Historical Society meets at 7.30pm, third Monday each month, at their museum, building 10, Balcombe Heights Estate. The museum is also open on the first and third Saturday of each month from noon to 4pm. Afternoon tea is available.

■ Their latest publication, about transport in The Hills, is expected to be launched in March.

■ Click here to know more about the society.

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