Story: Telecommunications

Telegraph spreads

The telegraph spread rapidly as a means of communication. The first line and network was set up in Canterbury in 1862. By 1868 major towns and ports were connected. By 1880 smaller centres were connected in both 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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A. C. Wilson, 'Telecommunications - Early telegraphy and telegrams', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by A. C. Wilson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Apr 2022