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City of Melville exhibition rings up national award

22 June 2022

The City of Melville is proud to receive a national award for the exhibition Number Please!

  • The City of Melville’s exhibition Number Please! has won the Temporary or Travelling Exhibition Award at the Museums and Galleries National Awards 2022.
  • The awards are run by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association, which is the national association and peak advocacy body representing museums and galleries.
  • The Number Please! exhibition is taking place at Wireless Hill Museum until Sunday, 16 October 2022 and celebrates 140 years of telephony in WA.
The City of Melville is proud to receive Temporary or Travelling Exhibition Award at the Museums and Galleries National Awards 2022 for the exhibition Number Please!
 
The Museums and Galleries National Awards were presented at the Perth Convention Centre on Friday, 17 June.
 
The awards celebrate the excellent work being done nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability programs.
 
From candlestick phones to the modern smartphone, Number Please! celebrates the history of telephony in WA.
 
The exhibition has been curated by Wireless Hill Museum staff and the WA Historic Telecommunications Society and is currently open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm until mid-October.
 
Yagan Mia Wireless Hill is the perfect location for the exhibition as it has a rich communications history, including as a look out and place to send smoke signals for the Noongar Beeliar people for many thousands of years before it was used as a wireless station in the 20th century.
 
For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/wirelesshill

Comments attributed to City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP:

“The City of Melville is very proud to receive the Temporary or Travelling Exhibition Award at the Museums and Galleries National Awards for the Number Please! exhibition,” said Mayor Gear.
 
“If you haven’t already experienced the exhibition, I recommend visiting Wireless Hill Museum as our staff have done an excellent job of curating Number Please! alongside the WA Historic Telecommunications Society.
 
“Number Please! is a fascinating look at the history of telephones in WA, dating back to the early candlestick telephones, and featuring rotary dial Bakelite phones, a timing switch gate replica from an exchange office, Telecom memorabilia and even novelty phones from the 1980s.
 
“Visitors can see old telephones, mobile phones, a concise history of telephony in WA dating back to the late 19th century, and some fascinating stories of people of historical note.
 
“Less than 100 years ago the household telephone did not exist while now, 90% of the world’s people have access to a mobile phone and they are now an integral part of our society.”

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