General Post Office, Sydney, 1895

The total number of persons employed on 31st December, 1895, in the various branches of the Post and Telegraph Department, excluding mail contractors, was 5,063, and the average annual salary was nearly £87 per annum.

Of the 5,063 persons employed (exclusive of mail contractors) on 31st December, 1895, there were :

317 principal officers and clerks.
189 mail guards and sorters.
262 letter carriers.
207 junior letter carriers.
110 mail boys.
546 telegraph messengers.
95 switch attendants.
46 line repairers.
432 official post and telegraph masters.
1,046 non-official postmasters.
502 receiving office keepers.
605 operators.
350 assistants in post offices.
356 other employes (sic).

An illustration is appended of the capacious and handsome building forming the head office of the Post Office and Telegraph Department.

Provenance: “New South Wales: the mother colony of the Australias”. Frank Hutchinson, Edited by F. Hutchinson.
Author: Frank Hutchinson
Date of Publication: 1896
Publisher: C. Potter
Place of Publishing: Sydney
Copyright status: Out of copyright
Courtesy: The British Library

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