Story: Rural services

The telegraph spreads

The telegraph spread rapidly as a means of communication. Introduced to New Zealand in 1862, by 1868 it connected major towns and ports. By 1880 smaller centres were connected in both the North and South islands, and by 1892 telegraph extended to many rural towns.

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Source: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1868, E-5; 1876, F1-A; 1890, F1

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Rural services - Communications', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Nov 2008