Story: Telecommunications

Early telegrams

Early telegrams

Telegrams were used for important news, or to celebrate significant events. They were often kept as a memento, like the telegram shown here. It was sent to Canterbury’s provincial superintendent, W. S. Moorhouse, along with many other congratulatory telegrams when the Lyttelton tunnel was opened in 1867.

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A. C. Wilson, 'Telecommunications - Early telegraphy and telegrams', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 August 2022)

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