Story: Telecommunications

Telegraphists (2nd of 4)


These telegraphists using the Morse code system were photographed in the 1940s for a government-produced series called ‘Making New Zealand’. By the 1940s Morse code was only used in the smallest centres. Everywhere else telegram printing and coding machines were used. Women were increasingly employed to do the work.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-2105

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A. C. Wilson, 'Telecommunications - Business and cable networks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

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