Genuine Gold Public Payphone from old Melbourne courthouse for rent
I was fortune enough to save this phone from being destroyed. It was a public payphone in the old Melbourne magistrates court from the 1980s, not that I agree that cops suck but it has that written on the side from some criminal that used the phone in the 1980s. This phone has been leased for many tv and movie productions and is available to rent for your next production.
Designed by a prominent Australian industrial designer, this was probably one of Paul Schremmer’s most well known designs. The Gold Phone was widely used in Australia in the 1980s and 1990s and phased out in 2006. This object represents a unique time in the development of telecommunications technology in Australia. Since the Gold Phone was in use the numbers of payphones have declined, having been replaced by the use of personal mobile phones. But public telephones or payphones are still critical for people on low incomes – and in emergency situations when mobile phone services are disrupted. By 2013 there were almost 19 000 payphones in Australia that would continue to be maintained by Telstra for at least another 20 years.*