Traditional Aboriginal Delivery Methods vs Australian Post System

Gerry Coleman at the post box. Picture: Matt Jelonek           d440955
Gerry Coleman at the post box. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d440955

PASTORALISTS in the North West of this State around the end of the 1800s and well into the 1900s, tapped into Aboriginal tradition to maintain correspondence with neighbouring properties.

The messenger would be set off on foot, with the message attached to a stick. The distance could be covered in one day.

The drovers could not do this job because they would need to take a horse off the property.

Registering the patent for this tradition could set Aboriginal people up in opposition to our present Australia Post system.

It took eight days for a letter to reach me from five kilometres away.