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Exchange operators (3rd of 4)

Exchange operators

Telephone exchange operation was one of the few telecommunications jobs done by women, from the 19th century on – these operators were working in the 1940s. Telephone exchange operation in a large town was a routine job, but operators in small centres often acted as informal secretaries for local medical, fire, police and other services.

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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