Tony Newstead (1923-2017)

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Mark Newstead
Clemens Pratt
John Burke
Peter Gerrand


Tony Newstead, Telecommunications network planning, trad jazz, Australia, World Bank


Tony Newstead, who died on 6 November 2017, was a pioneering figure in Australian and worldwide telecommunications network planning, as well as in Australian trad jazz as both a trumpeter and early bandleader. This obituary attempts to do justice to his career in both fields. In an Attachment, Dr Clemens Pratt provides a short memoir in appreciation of Tony’s role as his career mentor and colleague, and John Burke provides an appreciation of Tony’s innovatory role in pioneering open planning in Australian telecommunications.


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List A: Tony’s career in telecommunications

John Burke, private communication, 8 January 2018.

Ann Moyal, 1984. Clear across Australia. A history of telecommunications, Thomas Nelson Australia, ISBN 017006266X, 436 pp.

Clemens Pratt, ‘Memories of Tony Newstead’, Attachment to: ‘Tony Newstead 1923-2017’, Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, December 2017, DOI:

Mark Newstead, 2017. ‘Tony Newstead’, obituary delivered at Tony’s funeral, November 2017.

Tony Newstead “for the NTP Team”. 1975. ‘Telecom 2000. An Exploration of the Long-Term Development of Telecommunications in Australia’, National Telecommunications Planning (NTP) Branch, Australian Telecommunications Commission (Telecom Australia), December 1975, 166 pp.

Tony Newstead. 2000. ‘Telecom 2000 – In Restrospect’, Telecommunications Journal of Australia, Vol. 50 (3), Spring 2000.

NTP Branch, July 1978. National Telecommunications Planning Branch, ‘Outcomes from the Telecom 2000 Report’, Telecom Australia, July 1978, 70 pp.

List B: Tony’s career as a jazz musician and bandleader

Anon, 2017. ‘St Silas has a proud jazz tradition’, in ‘Jazz Band – Parish of the Parks’, posted on the St Silas & St Anselm Albert Park website,, accessed on 24 December 2017.

Bill Haesler, 2015, ‘Luminaries of Australian Jazz’, at

Bill Haesler, 2014. ‘Veteran of the golden years of Melbourne jazz. Graham Coyle, jazz pianist 10-8-1932 – 17-11-2013’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 April 2014.

Tony Newstead, 2005. ‘The Best of Tony Newstead’ [CD digital sound recording], published by the Victorian Jazz Archive, Wantirna, Vic.; 2005, featuring Tony Newstead, trumpet and voice, with various musicians and bands, available from Trove [National Library of Australia]. Recorded between 1950 and 1977.

Geoff Tobin, 2017. ‘Tony Newstead’, Jazz Ramble, 14 November 2017.

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