World Post Day – Postal history

Welcome to our local history talk on ‘Communications’. It is a fitting theme for 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic and makes communication a very relevant topic to reflect on.     

Annually, the 9th of October is World Post Day #worldpostday

To honour this day, we commemorate Gympie region’s early postal history, postal infrastructure and telegraph offices. This talk also takes a brief look at some of the local postcard makers and stationers. The date is the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) which started in 1874 in Switzerland. World Post Day was declared by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969.  Also recognised by the United Nations, it’s Secretary-General thanks the postal workers and postal operators for their efforts, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the Post’s role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development.

Check back soon for more blog posts on post office, telegraph and telecommunications history for many more localities of the Gympie region.

Read the 2020 Message from the Director-General of the UPU in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, “More than mail”