Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MORE then 120 years ago, the newly opened Great South­ern Rail­way re­placed horse-drawn mail coaches.

The Post Of­fice an­nounced with great pride that a let­ter could be de­liv­ered from Al­bany to Perth in 18 hours. Sadly, some­thing has slipped. Re­cently, a let­ter I posted in Mt Law­ley was de­liv­ered four work­ing days later in Como - about one­tenth of the dis­tance from Al­bany to Perth.

So much for "progress", like an air­mail let­ter from Mt Law­ley reach­ing Lon­don the day be­fore the de­liv­ery of one sent to Sydney.

More­over, watch your pocket send­ing any­thing big­ger than a let­ter over­seas.

The cost of a padded bag and sea mail for post­ing an il­lus­trated Aus­tralian diary to an English friend amounted to well over the price of the gift. How can pen­sion­ers with rel­a­tives over­seas keep up with postage costs? MICHAEL JAR­DINE, Mt Law­ley.

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