Story: Country towns

Āpiti post office (1st of 3)

Apiti post office

A post office was an important institution in the rural areas of colonial New Zealand. Settlers would get letters from overseas friends and relatives, pick up newspapers, and often share the news with their mates. In the early years of settlement at Āpiti the post office was just a simple wooden shack.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Edward George Child Collection (PAColl-3084)
Reference: 1/2-031965; G
Photograph by Edward George Child

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Country towns - Towns and the farm economy, 1870–1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008