Past the Post

I’ll admit that this week I was struggling to come up with something to write about, so I started digitising my third folder of historical photos and came across some pictures of the Oakey Post Office. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we stumbled across some old defence force images while showing patrons the National Australian Archives photo search, and so here’s my two cents worth of historical trivia.

Image: Oakey Post Office c.1920 Source: National Australian Archives

Image: Oakey Post Office c.1920
Source: National Australian Archives

The Oakey Creek Post Office was originally opened on 1 June 1869 and was later renamed Oakey Post Office around 1878. Post Offices weren’t only just for sending letters and telegrams (old fashioned txt messages), they were also the central point for deciding who got a holiday or not. I found mention that in April 1906 a holiday for races was declared for a 15 mile radius from Oakey Post office, and in August 1908 a holiday for the Oakey Show, on September 9, wast declared for the area within a radius of 15 miles from the Oakey Post Office.

The original location of the Post Office was near the railway end of Campbell Street. In December 1906, a fire tore through the Lound Bros. general store and it was at first thought that it would be impossible to save the adjoin properties, Schultz’s Royal Hotel on the right, and the Post and Telegraph Office, with attached residence, on the left. In 1909 the tender for the (then) new Post Office was awarded to D. A. Mercer for £631 (approx. $1262).

Image: Telephonist's porch Oakey Post Office c.1920 Source: National Australian Archives

Image: Telephonist’s porch Oakey Post Office c.1920
Source: National Australian Archives

That’s all I’ve got today, if you’d like to pass on some historical story or and image let me know and we’ll see if we can work out.

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