Leonard Joel

A piece of Fitzroy History Incovered in a Rural Queensland ‘Barn-Find’

Single Owner Auctions 26 Jul 2013

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A connection to Melbourne’s Northside was uncovered recently when a Fitzroy area telephone exchange was found amongst a collection of items awaiting restoration in the workshop of Gympie Antiques & Restorations.  One in a long-line of acquisitions by proprietor, Victor Nixon, over his 40 years operating the business, little is known of its history and how it came to surface so far from its original home, but printed and handwritten listings for the Fitzroy Council Yards, Clifton Hill Tram Sheds and Herald and Weekly Times, North Fitzroy, offer an enchanting insight into a previous era of telecommunications in Melbourne.

68The telephone exchange will be offered as Lot 3075 in association with Antique& Fineart Auctions as part of the public auction of The Stock in Trade of Gympie Antiques & Restorations, on-site at 1009 Bruce Highway, Kybong (South of Gympie, Sunshine Coast, Queensland) from 9.30am on Sunday 4th August.

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