Story: Mail and couriers

Kaitāia post office (2nd of 3)

Kaitāia post office

The important job of running a small country post office was often held by a woman. Here Miss Sophie Matthews, postmistress at Kaitāia in the Far North, stands at the door of her post office in about 1915. The sign overhead says ‘Money Order Office, Post Office Savings Bank’. A post office like this was often the only financial institution in a small community.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
Reference: 1/1-026523; G
Photograph by Arthur James Northwood

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Tim Shoebridge, 'Mail and couriers - Mail in the steam era, 1850s–1890s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23051/kaitaia-post-office (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Tim Shoebridge, published 11 Mar 2010