Story: Rural services

Collecting the mail

Collecting the mail

A farmer collects mail and newspapers from his rural delivery box in the Ruapehu district, around 1940. The rural delivery service began in 1905, allowing farming families to send and receive mail through a special post box or bag at the farm gate. Often other goods such as groceries and animal feed were delivered with the post.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-2098-1/4-F

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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