In a town somewhere in the Australian outback, a small child
licks a stamp and affixes it to the top right corner of an envelope. Then he
writes the address of his pen pal in Washington DC on it. He places the letter
he has just written into the envelope along with the picture he has drawn for
his friend. He licks the seal on the envelope and presses it down hard, after
which he hands it to his mother saying, "Can you give this to Simon in the
USA?" His mother replies, "Sure, Tom."
This part of the World Mail web site deals with the postal
system in Australia. From the history of
the Australian Postal service, to their present
competition with email, and on into their plans for the future.
It also deals with the technology
that is used in collecting, sorting, and delivering mail and other interesting
facts such as what services the Australian Post actually provides. So
without further ado let the journey begin with a trip back in time to the history