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Government Life office staff, around 1900 (1st of 4)

Government Life office staff, around 1900

Before the days of computers or typewriters a calm and dignified atmosphere prevailed in insurance offices like the ‘Long Room’, shown here around 1900. The room was part of the original Government Life Insurance head office building in Wellington, demolished in 1931.

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Reference: C. W. Vennell, Tower of Strength, 1869-1969: a centennial history of the NZ government life insurance office, Auckland: Wilson and Horton, 1969, p. 74.

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Alan Henderson, 'Insurance - Transforming the insurance industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Alan Henderson, published 11 Mar 2010