Saturday, April 25, 2020

Tram Posting. How it has worked

Telegraph, Wednesday 3 October 1894, page 5

During the four months ending September 30 there have been posted in the receptacles attached to the tramcars of this city 17,363 letters, 1,809 newspapers, and 463 packets. Considering the other facilities that exist for posting in the districts traversed by the trams, and the fact that they are not very extensively used during the cooler months, the figures are satisfactory. The tram posting system has, since its introduction here, attracted the attention of the postal departments of the other colonies. As was noted some time since, New Zealand has adopted a method of posting on trams, boxes being attached to the cars for the reception of letters only, instead of bags, which are used here for the reception of all kinds of correspondence. The Postmaster-General of South Australia made particular inquiries as to the system in vogue here, and was furnished with full particulars; but, owing to the tramcars not passing the Adelaide office, it is thought that the expense there would be too great at present. In his letter to the Brisbane office Sir Charles Todd says: "The Brisbane system appears to be very perfect, and I have no doubt will prove a great convenience to the public." From Sydney also inquiries have been made and information furnished, but there, as in Adelaide, the trams do not pass the office.