Australia has always been a world leader in telecommunications. Did you know that Australia's first telephone exchange opened in Melbourne and Brisbane in 1880, only two years after the first exchange in the world was built.
The people who make up Telstra today follow a proud tradition of helping Australians connect with each other and the rest of the world with their achievements making Australia a world technology leader.
Find out how telecommunications has changed the way we live, work and play. From Morse Code, the first telegraph line, evolution of the internet and wireless innovation of today. Go for a journey on our timeline.
The Telstra story
From the Postmaster-Generals Department (PMG) to Telecom and Telstra - find out more about the history and development of Telstra.
Telstra's historical collection holds a large variety of equipment and archival documentation accumulated over more than a century. The collection is housed at Telstra museums in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.